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Alcohol Intoxication Levels

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Alcohol as defined earlier in the "effects of alcohol on driving", is a product used to modify status of a person for the benefit of the recipient. Also, it is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. Alcohol intoxication phases can manifest in both physiological and psychological dimensions. Depicting the degree with which the central nervous system function is impaired. However, this is directly proportional to the concentration of alcohol in the blood. With the increase in blood alcohol Concentration, the person response to stimuli decreases remarkably.

Alcohol Intoxication phases And Psychological Effects

Phase 1: Sub clinical

BAC(g/100ml of blood): 0.01 - 0.05 Clinical symptoms: Behaviour nearly normal

Phase 2: Euphoria

Excited car occupants

BAC: 0.03 - 0.12 Clinical symptoms: Mild euphoria, increased self-confidence, talkativeness, sociability. Diminision of attention, judgments and control, beginning of sensory-motor impairment, loss of efficiency.

Phase 3: Excitement

BAC: 0.09 - 0.25 Clinical symptoms: impairment of perception memory and comprehension, emotional instability, decrease sensory response. Reduction time, peripheral vision and glare recovery, sensory-motor in-coordination, impaired balance, drowsiness.

Phase 4: Confusion

Driver in a confused state

BAC: 0.18 - 0.30 Clinical symptoms: Mental confusion, dizziness, disorientation, exaggerated emotional status, disturbances of vision and of perceptions of colours, form, motion and dimensions, increased pain threshold, increased muscular in-coordination, staggering gait, slurred speech, apathy

Phase 5: Stupor

Driver in a state of stupor

BAC: 0.25 - 0.40 Clinical symptoms: General inertia, approaching loss of motor functions. Usually decreased response to stimuli, muscular in-coordination, inability to stand or walk, vomiting; impaired consciousness, sleep

Phase 6: Coma

BAC: 0.35 - 0.50 Clinical symptoms: Complete unconsciousness, depressed or abolished reflexes, subnormal body temperature, incontinence, impairment of circulation and respiratory, possible death

Phase 7: Death

Crash scene with someone lying dead

BAC: 0.45 and above Clinical symptoms: Death from respiratory arrest

Alcohol Intoxication Effects On Body Parts

Blood: Changes in red blood cells

Brian: Loss of memory, confusion, hallucinations

Genitals: Impotence, shrinking of testicles, damage to unborn child (fetus)

Heart: High blood pressure, irregular pulse, enlarged heart

Intestines: Inflammation, bleeding

Liver: Severe swelling and pain, inflamed liver (hepatitis), cirrhosis, liver cancer

Lungs: Infection including tuberculosis

Muscles: Weakness, loss of muscle tissue

Nervous system: Tagline and loss of sensation in hands and feet

Pancreas: Painful inflammation

Skin: Sweating, bleeding

Stomach: Lining becomes inflamed, bleeding, ulcer

Good to know that alcohol can be absorbe into the blood stream at different rates by different individuals depending on age and gender. Finally, it should be borne in mind that repeated excessive drinking will eventually damage all the body parts indicated above.


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