You relax and start to lose your sense of judgment. Your health may actually improve if you stop here. But who does?
Reduced activation in your right inferior frontal cortex helps the inhibitions drain away.
Your brain doesn’t pay enough attention to negative feedback; you have trouble evaluating risk and reward.
Your memory begins to power down—you recall fewer details about what happened 30 minutes ago.
Your amygdala—your brain’s early warning system for danger—is starting to deactivate.
- You have problems keeping your balance, especially when it comes to maintaining side-to-side stability.
- You’re more aggressive than usual. If you’re watching sports, beware of fights over “who gets all the calls.”
You have water retention in your frontal lobe, middle cerebellar peduncle, and thalamus. Result: exaggerated moods and trouble with motor control.
Under this kind of assault, your stomach does all it can to repel or expel the toxins: nausea first, vomiting later. It’s the upchuck that can kill.
Your memory becomes selective (fragmentary) or totally incapacitated (en bloc). You may black out entirely; vomit now and it could be over.
- You’re emotionally numb, and also more likely to spring a rude proposal on the unsuspecting woman standing next to you.
- Your reflexes are now severely impaired. You may urinate uncontrollably, which is probably why the bathroom smells that way.
- There’s a good chance you don’t know where you are. Accounts abound of students who become disoriented or lost after a party.
- You’re in a stupor—problems arise with muscle coordination, blurred or double vision, and convulsions.
- You may pass out. Corollary: You may never wake up.
You’re as impaired as you would be under surgical anesthesia. Just like at the hospital you’ll soon visit.
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Your lungs can shut down. Your gag reflex is suppressed and you may choke on vomit. And your BP is dangerously low. You risk coma or death.
By: Laurence Roy Stains