According to a nation-wide survey from 2015, over 86% of Americans 18 and over report that they’ve consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. Of those people, more than 70% drank alcohol in the past year, and 56% in the past month. Many Americans like to drink and get drunk from time to time, but drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous—even deadly. It helps to familiarize yourself with the signs of being drunk, when you should safely stop drinking, and when you should seek help.


1. What Happens When You Drink Alcohol?

Drinking alcohol can make you drunk, a state associated with

  • Lack of coordination
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Poor judgment
  • Vision problems
  • Reduced breathing and heart rate
  • Loss of balance
  • Drowsiness

The more alcohol you drink, the stronger the effects on your mind and body. Being drunk can result in injuries, vomiting, dehydration, seizures, coma, and even death.

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