Alcohol is consumed by drinking beer, wine, liquor, or other alcoholic drinks. The amount of intoxication is directly proportional to the amount consumed. A person’s body can metabolize a certain amount of alcohol at a time; consuming more than that leaves the substance free to circulate throughout the body and produce its effects, inducing intoxication and drunkenness. Unlike many other drugs, alcohol affects every organ in the body at once.
In most users, alcohol produces a warm, pleasant “buzz” that can leave a person feeling more confident and sociable. It enjoys regular use as a so-called social lubricant. At higher doses, alcohol use can cause impaired decision making abilities, loss of coordination, memory loss, aggression, and unconsciousness.
The standard teaching in the United States is that one unit of alcohol, or “drink,” is equivalent to consuming one 12oz beer, one 5oz glass of wine, or one 1.5oz shot of liquor. The amount of alcohol required to get a person drunk depends on their body mass and tolerance. To get drunk is essentially to intentionally produce a minor overdose on alcohol.
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