Alcohol poisoning - prevention

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To stop yourself from getting drunk and risking alcohol poisoning, it helps to be aware of how much you are drinking and the effect this could have on your body.

The effects of alcohol

Around 1–2 units

  • your heart rate will speed up and your blood vessels expand
  • you get the warm, sociable feeling associated with moderate drinking

Around 4–6 units

  • your decision making and judgement will start to be affected, making you lose your inhibitions and become more reckless
  • the cells in your nervous system will start to be affected, making you feel light-headed
  • your coordination will be affected and your reaction time may be slower

Around 8–9 units

  • your reaction times will be much slower
  • your speech will begin to slur
  • your vision will begin to lose focus
  • your liver will be unable to remove all of the alcohol overnight

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