Alcohol

Psychology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Effects of abuse on pregnancy, memory, creativity, sexual behavior, sleep & violence. Treatments.

“Central nervous system depressants are among the most commonly abused recreational drugs. Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methaqualone (Quaalude), and related drugs are included in this group. Alcohol, or, more correctly, ethyl alcohol or ethanol, is also sometimes included with this group because it shares many properties with barbiturates and benzodiazepines. The street name for the drugs in this group is “downers,” and they produce disinhibiting, antianxiety, and sleep-promoting effects that many people find pleasurable.
Tolerance and withdrawal symptoms accompany chronic alcohol abuse. The most serious withdrawals produce trembling, seizures, hallucinations, delirium, and even death. Alcohol abuse contributes to fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis, the ninth leading cause of death in Americans.”


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