Alcohol notes (sept 29)

Alcohol notes (sept 29) - • Cancer • Impairs ability to...

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Alcohol Absorption in stomach 20% Absorption in small intestine 80% Factors that influence absorption and metabolism o Carbonation o Sugar o Food consumption Name 3 signs of drunkenness Signs of Drunkenness Impaired Speech-loud or slurred Reduced coordination. Psychomotor performance- exaggerated movements, unsteady balance, stumbling into things Aggression-argumentative, excessive swearing Odor of alcohol Impaired concentration… Delayed reaction time Lightheadedness, giddiness Visual function-fixed gaze, blurred vision, bloodshot eyes, glossy eyes, slow to respond to visual stimulus, dilated pupils, high doses-pupils may become constricted Facial experession Physiological and Behavioral Effects of Alcohol Immediate Effects of Alcohol Reduces frequency of nerve transmissions Dehydration Alcohol irritates the GI system Slurred speech Hangovers Violent Talkative/outgoing Long term Efects of Alcohol Nervous system Cardiovascular system Liver disease (Cirrhosis)
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Unformatted text preview: • Cancer • Impairs ability to recognize and fight bacteria & viruses • Damage to pituitary and functioning of sex hormones Signs of Alcohol Poisoning • Unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened • Cold • Clammy • Pale or bluish skin • Slow breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute) • Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths) • Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out • Not waking up after vomiting Alcohol Poisoning • Death from alcohol • Two ways this happens o CNS and respiratory depression o Inhalation of vomit or fluid into the lungs Signs: • Can’t get him/her to wake up • Irregular breath • Cool, pale bluish skin • Irregular breathing (10 sec + between breaths) “Space and Pace” • Refrain from drinking • Alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water • Drink slowly • Eat something before and during drinking • Space drinks over a period of time • Stick to drink limits...
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