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Alcohol Intoxication – What is it?

Alcohol intoxication is essentially alcohol poisoning and is the psychological and physical effects that are felt from consuming alcohol. For example, when small amounts of alcohol are consumed the user will feel slightly sedated and experience poor coordination. When larger amounts of beer, wine or spirits are used, the individual will have trouble walking, experience slurred speech, and will eventually vomit. Excessive and extreme amounts of alcohol will cause respiratory depression, which can lead to coma or even death.

Alcohol intoxication can also cause seizures, suicide, psychological disorders, anxiety, depression, and poor decision making. Alcohol intoxication can typically begin after two or more alcoholic drinks have been consumed. However, alcohol intoxication is legally defined as a blood-alcohol concentration that is over a certain amount. Blood-alcohol concentration is the metric that is used to determine alcohol intoxication and is typically expressed as a percentage of ethanol (alcohol) in the blood in units of mass of alcohol per volume of blood. For example, in the United States, drivers who are 21 years or older; it will be illegal to have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher, which means there are 0.08 grams of alcohol for every 100ml of blood.

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