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Alcohol
Effects
by Erowid
DURATION #
Caution :   Reactions and experiences may vary dramatically from person to person. [see below]
Alcohol Duration
Oral
Total Duration
1.5 - 3 hrs
Onset
15 - 30 mins
Coming Up
15 - 20 mins
Plateau
30 - 90 mins
Coming Down
45 - 60 mins
 
 
After Effects
1 - 2 hrs
Hangover / Day After
1 - 36 hrs
  DURATION CHART
EFFECTS LIST #
POSITIVE
  • relaxation
  • mood lift, happiness, giddiness
  • increased sociability
  • lowered inhibitions / reduced social anxiety
  • analgesia (kills pain)
NEUTRAL
  • slurred speech
  • flushed skin
  • drowsiness, sleepiness
  • nystagmus, difficulty focusing eyes
  • changed (often increased) response to sexual stimuli
  • tolerance with repeated use within a few days
  • changed aesthetic appreciation: normally beautiful things can seem ugly, things normally seen as ugly judged beautiful.
  • "beer goggles" — others appear more attractiveref
  • mild visual distortions at high doses
NEGATIVE
    (negative side effects increase with higher doses)
  • decreased coordination
  • nausea, vomiting (vomiting while unconscious can kill)
  • reduced impulse control
  • emotional volatility (anger, violence, sadness, etc)
  • reduced ability to attain/maintain erection in most males
  • increased difficulty in achieving orgasm in some females
  • frequent urination (more with beer or wine), diuretic effect
  • dizziness and confusion
  • blackouts and memory loss at high doses
  • coma and death at extreme doses
  • brain and liver damage (cirrhosis) with heavy use
  • lowered inhibitions and increased confusion can lead to unwanted and negative sexual encounters (date rape)
  • hangover, lasting 12-36 hours, from mild to severe after heavy use
  • fetal damage in pregnant women at high dose or frequency
DESCRIPTION #
CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
Erowid's effects information is a summary of data gathered from users, research, and other resources. This information is intended to describe the range of effects people report experiencing. Effects may vary dramatically from one person to another or one experience to another based on a variety of factors such as body chemistry, age, gender, physical health, dose, form of material, etc.