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The Short and Long Term Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Body and Mind

The Short and Long Term Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Body and Mind

While drug and alcohol substance abuse affects each person differently, there are several consistencies with how they affect the mind and body. Short term and long term use also have an impact on the lasting effects of substance use and abuse. 

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Short Term Effects of Drugs and Alcohol Use on the Body and Mind

The short-term effects of drug and alcohol use on the body and mind vary greatly based on the type of substance and the amount consumed.

While physical short-term effects of alcohol include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Headaches 
  • Impaired vision

The impact on the mind can be just as jarring. The short term mental impact of alcohol can include:

  • Relaxation to the extent that judgement is impaired
  • Increase in risky behavior
  • Memory loss due to blackouts
  • Violent reactions

The effect that alcohol can have is similar to some depressants and opiates, however is opposite to methamphetamines and other stimulant narcotics.

The short term physical effects of stimulants include:

  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased activity

While the mental effect of stimulants looks like:

  • Increased attention (hyper focus)
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Euphoria

The short term effects of alcohol and drug use vary, but are often short lived. The danger comes with the feelings of euphoria, lack of pain, or relaxation in combination with the addictive nature of these substances. Being physically able to alter the feelings in your body increases the likelihood that you will try again, thus creating an addiction.

Long Term Effects of Alcohol and Drug Use on the Mind and Body

The lasting long term effect of drug and alcohol use on the mind and body can be marginally different. One thing that is consistent across all substances is the increase of risky behavior leading to the increased possibilities for trauma. 

The long-term impact that drug and alcohol use have on the mind can include:

  • Addiction
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Memory loss
  • A change in the brain structure and function
  • Psychosis
  • Mood disturbances
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Social interaction issues
  • Personality disorders

Though long term use does not guarantee any of those specific instances, you are putting yourself at a higher risk for these long-term mental health issues and illnesses.

The long term physical impact that drug and alcohol use have on the body differ based on the substance you put in. However, they all have the ability to impact the way your body functions. 

Long term alcohol and drug use can include:

  • Coma
  • Cancer
  • Hepatitis
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Hormone imbalance
  • The ability to become and stay pregnant
  • Reduction of bone density
  • Dental decay
  • Collapsed veins
  • Lung and breathing issues

And these are just the possibilities that don’t include death due to risky behaviors or overdose. In 2019, 1 in 100,000 people died of an overdose in the United States. That’s over 70,000 people in a single year. The CDC predicts that 100,000 people died of an overdose in 2020, decreasing that number to 1 in 78,000.

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