Alcohol

Booze is a depressant. The active ingredient in alcohol is ethanol. It’ll do the same job of getting someone drunk no matter what their choice of drink. The concentration of alcohol varies between beer, wine and spirits. As the concentration of alcohol varies so to does the body’s rate of absorbtion.

Sexual consent is about having the ability and freedom to agree to sexual activity. This is something that must be clearly established between two people before any kind of sexual act or behavior, and you can change your mind at any time.

Unfortunately, your judgment can be dramatically impaired while you’re under influence of drugs. Before letting anyone come to your place (if you’re hosting) or before coming to a session hosted by other people, establish a set of boundaries, particularly about what you and other people are and aren’t prepared to do sexually.

Remember: sex without consent is rape, and rape and sexual assault is a crime.

If you don’t know how to tell the other person, you could show this song as a message of you not willing to have sexual intercourse.

If you’re hosting, it’s your responsibility to ensure that no one in your session is being forced to do something that he does not want to.

Figuratively speaking, alcohol is drunk.
Drink, drank, drunk.
To drink is to swallow some kind of liquid. To be drunk means you’ve consumed enough alcohol over a short period that you’ve lost your ability to make rational decisions.

There is no such thing as a safe level of drug use. Substance use carries risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any form of drug. The effects of alcohol may affect people differently based on:
– A person’s body weight
– General state of health
– Regular use of substance
– If taken in combination with other drugs including prescription medication 
– The amount that is consumed
– The type of alcohol consumed: spirits are generally stronger

The short term effects of alcohol are likely to result in:
– A feeling of relaxation
– Trouble concentrating
– Reduced reflexes
– Increased confidence
– Heightened mood: feeling happier or more depressed than usual

Chronic abuse of alcohol may result in long-term, detrimental health problems. Some of these include:
– Erectile dysfunction and infertility
– Memory loss and/or brain damage
– Depression
– Chronic liver disease
– Drug Dependency
– Reduced kidney and liver function
– An increased risk of heart disease

Depending on the quantity of alcohol you’ve consumed, the ‘day-after-the-night-before’ may leave you feeling pretty unwell. This is referred to as the hangover, just like that Bradley Cooper’s movie. Apart from their generally unpleasantness, a hangover may see you dealing with:
– Headaches
– Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
– Restless sleep and overall tiredness
– An increased heart rate and/or blood pressure
– Trouble concentrating
– Dehydration 

Sobering up takes time. Rehydrating the body is important. Your liver can only work so fast and breaking down alcohol is achieved at a rate of approximately one standard drink per hour. Sweating it out in a sauna, having a cold shower or drinking excessive amounts of caffeine is simply not going to cut it. You may feel better in the interim but your blood alcohol content will not reduce any faster than your liver will allow. You’d probably have more luck crawling back under the doona and attempting to hack into your housemate’s Netflix account. By the way, if you’re feeling that wretched it’s likely that you won’t be sober enough to drive a motor vehicle or operate heavy machinery. Sometimes a hangover will bring with it strong feelings of remorse and or regret. Maybe you went and got yourself horribly wasted, behaved in ways you wouldn’t have if you were sober or maybe you don’t remember much from the night at all. Which one’s which? Not sure. In all of those big feels, one thing is for certain – Cher’s been there babe.
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Determining your own choices is one of the greatest things that life has to offer. Your life, your choice in how you’re living it. Maybe you partake in an expensive glass of whiskey every now and then? Imbibe. Treat yo’ self. Just remember to play it safe – both with yourself and with others. 

We’ve got some helpful tips to consider:
– Set limits for yourself, and stick to them
– Don’t let other people pressure you into drinking more than you want
– Don’t drive your car/motorcycle if you’re planning to get drunk on a night out.
– If you’re already too drunk and you have your car with you, leave the car and get home with taxi/GRABcar and get your car back when you’re fully sober the next day(s), or use YouDrinkIDrive app  to get you a designated sober driver for your ride home.
– Put your close friend’s phone number on speed dial so that he/she can pick you up in case you’re too drunk and left alone. Apple’s iPhone has a feature where you can quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts  – take an advantage of that feature if you’re an iPhone user.

If you consume large quantities of alcohol over short periods of time, you’re going to increase your chances of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is serious business and may result in death, so check out our safety tips and avoid turning a fun night out into several hours splayed on your bathroom floor, hugging it out with the toilet bowl. There’s a fine line between stupidly drunk and dangerously intoxicated. If you’ve been all pour up (drank), head shot (drank), sit down (drank), stand up (drank), pass out (drank), wake up (drank) – you’re entering dangerous territory. 

Drink a glass of water and seek medical advice.

Emergency calls:
Bangkok Medical Emergency 1646
Nationwide Medical Emergency 1669

The effect of alcohol in combination with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medication is unpredictable and dangerous. 

Here are some of the known interactions between alcohol and other drugs including prescription medications: 

Alcohol + other drugs classified as depressants (GHB, Ketamine and certain prescription medications) are a dangerous combination. Together, they may increase the risk of overdose by reducing heart rate and breathing to dangerously low levels.
Alcohol + Cannabis may cause nausea and vomiting. Feelings of anxiety and paranoia may also occur when the drugs are taken in combination.
Alcohol + Cocaine will strengthen the stimulant effect of cocaine and places the heart under extreme stress. This condition has been linked to sudden death.
Alcohol + Ecstasy generally lessens the overall effect of ecstasy. It can however dangerously speed up the process of dehydration.

If you’re HIV+ and drink alcohol regularly, discuss this with your doctor. Excessive alcohol use may weaken immune function and poses a potential threat to the long-term benefit of ARV treatment. Alcohol combined with the antivirals Abacavir, Kivexa and Trizivir can lead to higher levels of medication in the body due to decreased metabolism of the drug. Alcohol use may increase the risk of pancreatitis when used in combination with Didanosine/Videx. Caution is necessary when mixing alcohol with Amprenavir and Fosamprenavir as an oral solution, as it increases the risk of toxic side effects associated with both of these drugs.

Have you found yourself going a little too hard at it lately? If alcohol has begun to have a negative impact on your health, your relationships with family and friends, your ability to focus on work or study or perhaps even the bottom line on your bank account – it’s time to get support with somebody who can help. There are a number of treatment options and support services available for you or your family and friends if they need it. Whatever your recovery goals are, if it is to control, reduce or stop alcohol use, reach out for some support.

testBKK have gathered all the information of help, support, rehabilitation center and consultation for alcohol and drug usage in Bangkok metropolitan. 

Mental health and drug user hotline

If you have mental health or drug abuse, don’t keep it to yourself, talk to someone about it. It could be anything, ranging from mental health issues like suicide thoughts or stress to consultation on your personal health. These hotlines are free and will be confidential.

 To find information on mental health and drug abuse

Harm reduction centers

Harm reduction center, provides harm reduction from drug related health issue services like providing sterile needles. If you have a plan to reduce or stop using drugs and want to build capacity, these centers could help you. You will be safe and receive friendly service and supporting voices from the staff.

 To find more information on harm reduction centers

Rehabilitation center for drug users

If you are looking to rehabilitate, there are many facilities that are ready to support you on reducing and quitting using drugs. There are both OPD and IPD options, and the service ranges from drug withdrawal, rehabilitation and follow-up.

 To find more information on rehabilitation center for drug users

If you want to find more information on alcohol and drugs click here

And if you want to get your blood test, you could reserve your appointment online with our partnered clinic here

Givin’ up the booze can be challenging so it’s important to seek advice from a health professional if this is something you’ve considered. If you’re a long-term, heavy booze hound then stopping cold turkey may trigger alcohol withdrawal seizures. Symptoms of withdrawal usually start 4 to 12 hours after your last drink and stick around for 4 or 5 days. These can include:
– Body tremors and sweating
– Anxiety, irritability and difficulty sleeping
– Nausea and vomiting
– Delusions and hallucinations
– Seizure
– Coma and possibly even death

The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied upon in that way. Individuals wanting medical advice about Alcohol should consult a health professional.
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