The optimal buzz

Alcohol can make you both blissful and drowsy and it’s the only drug whose effects can seem both stimulating and tiring at the same time. The stimulating remains predominant as long as your blood alcohol level is between 0.5 and 1.0.

If you keep your blood alcohol level between 0.5 and 1.0. You’ll feel mostly excited and social with a blood alcohol level between 0.5 and 1.0. This is when you’ll feel ‘the buzz’. It is easier to avoid the negative consequences, and only makeuse of the perceived benefits of alcohol, if you are able to maintain this level.

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How to achieve the optimal buzz?

In general, women will reach their optimal buzz after 2 units of alcohol, and men after 3-4 units of alcohol. However, this is very individual and is affected by both height and genes. If you have developed a tolerance for alcohol you may need more alcohol to feel the intoxication, but your body can “reset” this if you refrain from drinking over a period.  

It can be easy to find the optimal buzz, but harder to maintain it. It can take 30 minutes to 1 hour to feel the full effects of intoxication, and then it's easy to slip past the target. The key is to drink slowly. When you stop drinking, your blood alcohol level will drop by 0.12-0.18 BAC per hour

Students and alcohol

Traditionally alcohol plays a major role in the culture of students. It functions as social glue and is associated with partying and fun. A study by AKAN shows that most people have positive experiences with alcohol. The drinking patterns of students are also more closely related to social gatherings than the rest of the population.

Many student events are held in the evenings with alcohol sale. Although the purchase and use of alcohol is optional, this may exclude students who don’t want or aren’t able to drink. Also for those students who do consume alcohol, it can have negative consequences beyond health, such as sunny Sunday’s spent in a dark room, or a throbbing headache while reading for the entrance exam.

Over a half of all students seem to drink too much in the student community, while at the same time, 7 out of 10 students say it's easier to talk to strangers after drinking, and 8 out of 10 students find it more fun to party with alcohol than without. The most important thing is that we are aware of the role alcohol plays in our lives?

Alcohol and health

Alcohol influences your body and health in different ways. Alcohol activates the reward center of the brain by increasing production of two substances: dopamine and GABA. Dopamine will make you feel happy and satisfied while the effect of GABA is inhibitory, causing lethargy and lack of alertness. 

You will notice the effects of the buzz as long as your brain continues secretingdopamine. The peak blood alcohol range for dopamine secretion is around 0.6 parts per milliliter, but your body secretes GABA for as long as you drink regardless of blood alcohol levels.This means the more you drink, the more lethargic you’ll become and if you keep drinking past your buzz you’ll start having problems with coordination and your intellectual function will be impaired.

Alcohol weakens your immune system and can make you prone to diseases such as pneumonia, diabetes and depression. Even small amounts appear to be carcinogenic. Alcohol can inhibit exercise ability and yield through dehydration, reduced glycogen stores or psychological effects. The student’s health and well-being survey from 2014 also found a negative association between alcohol consumption and academic achievement. Students who drink excessively and often usually master their studies poorly and spend more time to complete their studies.

A hangover is the processes your body initiates to neutralize the alcohol and repair the damage that is caused. You’ll notice this in the form of nausea, headache, anxiety or moodiness. You can’t cure this sickness but you can prevent it. A step in the right direction is by not exceeding the optimal buzz. It can also help to eat before drinking, as well as drinking something alcohol-free between each alcohol unit. Do not be affected for more than 3-5 hours and lie down when the intoxication is decreasing. A hangover is not dangerous, but it’s a sign that you’re drinking more than your body can handle.

SiA Health, Kristiansand

Phone: +47 38 14 13 54
Address:

Universitetsveien 50

4630 Kristiansand

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Bus stop:

UiA v/Spicheren

Leader:

Eli Stålesen

Psychotherapist/Master Psychiatric Health

Mobile: +47 99 50 75 59

Mail: eli.stalesen@sia.no

Opening hours: 09.00 to 16.00 (mon. to fri.)

SiA Health, Grimstad

Phone: +47 37 23 38 21
Adresse:

Jon Lilletunsvei 9

4879 Grimstad

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Bus stop:

Jon Lilletuns vei

Leader:

Eli Stålesen

Psychotherapist/Master Psychiatric Health

Mobile: +47 99 50 75 59

Mail: eli.stalesen@sia.no

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Mon: 09.00-16.00*
Thu: 09.00-16.00
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