Alcohol addiction

Is Alcohol a Depressant?

Alcohol is a legal drug that is used for recreational purposes that people typically use to help deal with stress or feelings they are having. The side effects that alcohol has on the body can range anywhere from a stimulant to a sedative depending on the extent of use. If you drink alcohol consistently over a long period of time, it can potentially cause changes in the brain.

Using alcohol in large amounts, and consistently over time, can lead to alcohol addiction or alcoholism. Getting over an alcohol addiction can be a very challenging addiction to overcome.

Side Effects of Alcohol and Depressants

  • Seizures
  • Impaired motor skills and coordination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mental cloudiness and confusion
  • Emotional instability and severe mood swings
  • Sleepiness, unconsciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Slowed or depressed breathing
  • Cognitive and memory impairment
  • Euphoria
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Slowed or stopped heart rate

Alcohol is a toxin, and it’s your liver’s job to flush it out of your body. But your liver may not be able to keep up if you drink too much too fast. Alcohol can kill liver cells, and lead to scarring called cirrhosis. Long-term heavy use of alcohol also may give you alcoholic fatty liver disease, a sign that your liver doesn’t work as well as it should.

Contact Jimmy Weiss Intervention to get help for alcohol addition