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== General Information ==
 
== General Information ==
 
Classification: Depressant
 
  
 
Alcohol is a CNS depressant that acts through the GABAa receptor, and is one of the most common strong psychoactives used by humans. It has a long history of use and its intoxicating effects are well-studied and -documented.
 
Alcohol is a CNS depressant that acts through the GABAa receptor, and is one of the most common strong psychoactives used by humans. It has a long history of use and its intoxicating effects are well-studied and -documented.
 
=== History ===
 
 
== Dosage ==
 
 
=== Oral ===
 
 
  
 
== Effects ==  
 
== Effects ==  
  
 
=== Positive ===
 
=== Positive ===
*relaxation
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*Relaxation
*mood lift, happiness, giddiness
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*Mood lift, happiness, giddiness
*increased sociability
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*Increased sociability
*lowered inhibitions / reduced social anxiety
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*Lowered inhibitions & reduced social anxiety
*analgesia (kills pain)
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*Analgesia (kills pain)
  
 
=== Neutral ===  
 
=== Neutral ===  
*slurred speech
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*Slurred speech
*flushed skin
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*Flushed skin
*drowsiness, sleepiness
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*Drowsiness, sleepiness
*nystagmus, difficulty focusing eyes
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*Nystagmus, difficulty focusing eyes
*changed (often increased) response to sexual stimuli
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*Changed (often increased) response to sexual stimuli
*tolerance with repeated use within a few days
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*Tolerance with repeated use within a few days
*changed aesthetic appreciation: normally beautiful things can seem *ugly, things normally seen as ugly judged beautiful.
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*Changed aesthetic appreciation: normally beautiful things can seem *ugly, things normally seen as ugly judged beautiful.
*"beer goggles" — others appear more attractive
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*"Beer goggles" — Others appear more attractive
*mild visual distortions at high doses
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*Mild visual distortions at high doses
  
 
=== Negative ===  
 
=== Negative ===  
(negative side effects increase with higher doses)
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Negative side effects increase with higher doses
*decreased coordination
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*Decreased coordination
*nausea, vomiting (vomiting while unconscious can kill)
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*Nausea, vomiting (vomiting while unconscious can be fatal)
*reduced impulse control
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*Reduced impulse control
*emotional volatility (anger, violence, sadness, etc)
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*Emotional volatility (anger, violence, sadness, etc)
*reduced ability to attain/maintain erection in most males
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*Reduced ability to attain/maintain erection in most males
*increased difficulty in achieving orgasm in some females
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*Increased difficulty in achieving orgasm in some females
*frequent urination (more with beer or wine), diuretic effect
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*Frequent urination (more with beer or wine), diuretic effect
*dizziness and confusion
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*Dizziness and confusion
*blackouts and memory loss at high doses
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*Blackouts and memory loss at high doses
*coma and death at extreme doses
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*Coma and death at extreme doses
*brain and liver damage (cirrhosis) with heavy use
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*Brain and liver damage (cirrhosis) with heavy use
*lowered inhibitions and increased confusion can lead to unwanted and *negative sexual encounters (date rape)
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*Lowered inhibitions and increased confusion can lead to unwanted and *negative sexual encounters (date rape)
*hangover, lasting 12-36 hours, from mild to severe after heavy use
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*Hangover, lasting 12-36 hours, from mild to severe after heavy use
*fetal damage in pregnant women at high dose or frequency
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*Fetal damage in pregnant women at high dose or frequency
 
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=== After effects ===
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* "Hangover"
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* Afterglow
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* Long term effects
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== Harm Reduction ==
 
== Harm Reduction ==
  
* Avoid driving and operating heavy machinery
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* Avoid driving and operating heavy machinery.
* Recommended time (pauses) between using the substance
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* Addiction potential
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== Chemistry and Pharmacology ==
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== Legal ==
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===  Europe ===
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===  America ===
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===  Asia ===
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[[Category:Depressant]]
 
[[Category:Depressant]]
 
[[Category:Drugs]]
 
[[Category:Drugs]]

Revision as of 13:21, 17 March 2014

General Information

Alcohol is a CNSCentral Nervous System depressant that acts through the GABAa receptor, and is one of the most common strong psychoactives used by humans. It has a long history of use and its intoxicating effects are well-studied and -documented.

Effects

Positive

  • Relaxation
  • Mood lift, happiness, giddiness
  • Increased sociability
  • Lowered inhibitions & reduced social anxiety
  • Analgesia (kills pain)

Neutral

  • Slurred speech
  • Flushed skin
  • Drowsiness, sleepiness
  • Nystagmus, difficulty focusing eyes
  • Changed (often increased) response to sexual stimuli
  • Tolerance with repeated use within a few days
  • Changed aesthetic appreciation: normally beautiful things can seem *ugly, things normally seen as ugly judged beautiful.
  • "Beer goggles" — Others appear more attractive
  • Mild visual distortions at high doses

Negative

Negative side effects increase with higher doses

  • Decreased coordination
  • Nausea, vomiting (vomiting while unconscious can be fatal)
  • Reduced impulse control
  • Emotional volatility (anger, violence, sadness, etc)
  • Reduced ability to attain/maintain erection in most males
  • Increased difficulty in achieving orgasm in some females
  • Frequent urination (more with beer or wine), diuretic effect
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Blackouts and memory loss at high doses
  • Coma and death at extreme doses
  • Brain and liver damage (cirrhosis) with heavy use
  • Lowered inhibitions and increased confusion can lead to unwanted and *negative sexual encounters (date rape)
  • Hangover, lasting 12-36 hours, from mild to severe after heavy use
  • Fetal damage in pregnant women at high dose or frequency

Harm Reduction

  • Avoid driving and operating heavy machinery.

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