Consequences of Drinking Too Much

Alcohol enters your bloodstream as soon as you take your first sip. Alcohol's immediate effects can appear within about 10 minutes. As you drink, you increase your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, which is the amount of alcohol present in your bloodstream.  The higher your BAC, the more impaired you become by alcohol's effects.  These effects can include:

*       Reduced inhibitions

*       Slurred speech

*       Motor impairment

*       Confusion

*       Memory problems

*       Concentration problems

*       Coma

*       Breathing problems

*       Death

Other risks of drinking can include:

*       Car crashes and other accidents

*       Risky behavior

*       Violent behavior

*       Suicide and homicide