Alcohol Intoxication

Brett Righter

What Exactly Is It?

DSM-5 Definition~

Psychological changes that occur after drinking alcohol to an excessive amount.


Mild, Moderate, Sever


Common Symptoms

Symptoms depend on a individuals tolerance, the quantity and quality of the alcohol

  • Slurred Speech
  • Balance and Walking Troubles
  • Involuntary Eye Movement
  • Impaired Attention
  • Memory Loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloodshot Eyes


Psychological and Behavioral Changes

  • Impaired Judgment
  • Mood Changes
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
  • Aggression


Where Does This Urge To Drink Come From?


Acceptance of Society

  • Dangerous drinking is encouraged through media, peer pressure, role models, and the way a community behaves.
  • Movies, Videos and Tv. glorifies drinking and drunkenness behavior
  • Athletes, movie stars, area role models seem to be popular because alcohol
  • Lack of consequenses


  • The more liquor stores in the area, the more likely individuals are to drink
  • The lower the price, the more people will drink
  • Levels of binge drinking in college are higher when their are more alcohol outlets near campus

(Shankbone, 2008)

Advertising and Marketing

  • The expenses for beer advertising are estimated at least to be $3.74 billion per year
  • Broadcast alcohol advertising rose more than 620% from the year 1995 to 1997
  • Advertising alcohol creates an environment that suggest that alcohol consumption and intoxication are normal activities
  • Advertisement is the main reason for adolescents knowledge of beer, drinking behavior, and intentions to drink

(Beer Advertisement, 2014)



  • Seem to influence the way humans respond and metabolize alcohol
  • Contribute to neurological dysfunctions


  • Repeated use of alcohol can change the body's ability to adapt.
  • People may become less sensitive and may need to consume more
  • Release of dopamine

(Johnson, 2013)


Potential Drug Treatments


To calm and relax the person being treated


Prevent from vomiting

Vitamin B1

To increase Thiamine levels back to normal


Potential Therapy Treatments





Mainly Adults Ages 18 to 25

(Lee, 1938)

Reported Being Intoxication In Year of 2010

44% of Highschool seniors

70% of College Students

(Dombroski, 2005)

When it comes to gender, both male and female tend to get intoxicated. Women on the other hand tend to get more intoxicated than men. This is due to the fact that women have less water in their body, therefore easier to be intoxicated. Ages of intoxication are mainly in the range of 18 to 25 years old. There is no racial group or ethnic group more affected than others


Amy Winehouse

A famous celebrity that died from Alcohol Intoxication was Amy Winehouse. Amy reserved to alcohol and many of drugs after the death of her grandmother. Amy said she had problems with self harm, depression, and eating disorders. She reserved to binge drinking in 2008 after she parted ways with other drugs. In the year of 2011, her binge drinking was at its peak. Amy also had many violence problems and ran into law. She would get into fights while being intoxicated. Winehouse's’ physician said that she was treated with Librium for alcohol withdrawal and anxiety. Her physician also said she underwent psychological and psychiatric evaluations in 2010, but refused psychological therapy.

Photo Credit: (Gebhardt, 2007)

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