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Alcohol Myth vs Reality

Drinking more and more alcohol throughout the event does not result in feeling better and better. Alcohol is a drug, which means that different dose levels affect your body in different ways. At a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .03—05, people may report feeling more relaxed, less anxious, and able to interact more easily with other people. At higher BAC levels, however, people begin to feel the depressive effects of alcohol, including impaired judgment, decreased motor skills, possible loss of consciousness and risk of alcohol poisoning. 

Figure 4. Biphasic Response to Alcohol

  

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* Used with permission from Cornell University's Gannett Health Services (6/13).