Why Booze Slurs Speech
It’s the Digital Age. People everywhere are tweeting, posting, blogging, texting and cloud computing. They are pinging, sharing, connecting, communicating, conversing, poking and smiling ? without, er, actually meeting!
Of all the people you’re somehow connected to online (i.e. through Social Networking), how many have you, in reality, met socially in the past month? Not many, eh? None, maybe. And chances are you never will meet most of your Cyberspace pals, which – if you’ve got a problem with alcohol – is probably a good thing.
Do you make sense when you’re sozzled?
No, thought not. You probably think you do. You might even think that when you start ranting on and on during or after a typical bender, you’re imparting oracular wisdom, bringing people to the edge of their seats, wowing the crowd with your unmatched knowledge and oratory brilliance.
Well, sorry to spoil the party, but chances are that all about you will be feeling bored stiff and decidedly unimpressed as:
- Your speech slurs
- Your memory and judgement becomes impaired
- Your reactions slow down
- Your general behaviour (i.e. body language) becomes sluggish
- Your vision blurs, and
- You experience difficulty walking
Why is all this happening? The answer is because alcohol increases the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA is widely distributed in the brain and is thought to control exciter neurotransmitters that drive fear and anxiety impulses in human behaviour. GABA basically dulls exciter neurotransmitters, creating listlessness, lethargy…
Source: science/how stuff works.com
Other ways alcohol affects the body
As well as impairing brain function, alcoholism can create an increased risk of:
- Heart and liver disease
- Sustaining a physical injury due to an overall reduction in your mental alertness
- Memory (and reasoning) problems
And if you are a mum-to-be:
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can result in birth defects (note: children of alcoholics are also more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and poor self-esteem)
How to protect yourself
If you drink too much, and want to address your problem, Rehab Treatment is proven as being the key to returning to good health. Whether your treatment is as a patient at a residential private clinic, or on a non-residential basis, you’ll be significantly reducing the risk in the future of suffering from all the aforementioned health problems.
As for slurred speech, the most common question alcoholics (and often their loved ones and friends) ask is whether a return to normal speech can result from availing of treatment for alcoholism. The answer is that it depends on the individual.
The good news is that slurred speech is rarely permanent after a complete cessation of drinking – i.e. with absolutely no addiction relapse occurring – with only a small percentage of reformed alcoholics suffering a lasting effect, such as slurred speech for life.