Alcohol Spins - Why drinking alcohol can Cause them?

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : JUNE  11, 
2021 
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Have you ever drank alcohol and felt like the whole room is spinning? 

You're not alone. Alcohol spins can cause an unpleasant sensation of dizziness, lightheadedness, or vertigo called a "spinning head." Alcohol spins are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

The sensation that the room is spinning or feeling like you are going to fall is a common side-effect of alcohol misuse. Though this can be caused by other factors, it's often due to low blood sugar levels and dehydration.

Why does alcohol make you feel dizzy? Drinking too much causes your body to release insulin which lowers the level of glucose in your blood stream.

This causes your brain to send electrical signals that there isn't enough sugar for fuel and the result can be lightheadedness, nausea, blurred vision, slurred speech and difficulty walking straight or standing up from a sitting position without falling over.

Here are some of the most important things you need to know about alcohol spins the next time you feel like the room is spinning:

The Relationship Between Alcohol and Spins

Drinking  Can Cause the Alcohol Spins

Ever feel like your head is spinning after a night of drinking? That's because alcohol can cause the spins. Alcohol abuse has many negative side-effects, but this is one of the most common.

When you drink alcohol, it affects your head and slows down how quickly messages get sent to the brain. This causes vertigo and dizziness which can make people feel very nauseous or give them headaches.

Alcohol abuse does not only cause the spins, but it can also lead to many other health problems such as fatal car crashes and alcohol poisoning. It's important for people who drink heavily or have a drinking problem to talk with their doctor about treatment options. Alcoholism is very dangerous when left untreated which can make things worse than just feeling dizzy after having drinks.

Treatment centers often prescribe medications that help reduce cravings for alcohol while you go through treatment therapy sessions in order to address any underlying issues that may be causing your addiction.

You don't need an expensive rehab center though if there are no negative side-effects from being drunk once every so often; some doctors will prescribe something like antihistamines instead of going straight into detox or alcohol addiction treatment.

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Alcohol Impacts the Inner Ear, Which Controls Balance

People have a tendency to think that the only consequence of alcohol consumption is getting drunk. However, there are many other side effects of consuming alcohol that people may not be aware of,like alcohol spins.

The balance in your inner ear can be affected by excessive alcohol drinking so it's important to understand how this happens and what you can do about it.

Every body processes alcohol differently. Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than others. Those who have a history of alcohol use disorder, alcohol addiction, sensitivity to medications or certain illnesses may be at risk for side effects such as balance disturbances when they drink too much.

Alcohol interferes with your ability to maintain sensory equilibrium and it can also cause trouble standing, double vision, dizziness, and spinning sensation because the inner ear is not able to detect changes in position quickly enough. The brain will then send signals that give you the spinning feeling even if you aren't moving around very fast.

Alcohol intoxication affects many parts of the body so it's important for everyone, regardless of how well their bodies handle alcohol or whether they've had any prior issues with heavy drinking, understand what could happen if they abuse this substance.

Alcohol Addiction Affects Your Neurological System, Making It More Difficult to Balance and Coordinate Movements

Alcohol impacts the electrical signal in your brain, making it more difficult to balance and coordinate movements with your foot and the ground. This is because alcohol disrupts the chemical balance in your brain that controls these functions.

Alcohol also slows down messages between neurons, which can cause motor skills to be impaired or lost completely, causing alcohol spins. The severity of the impairment will depend on how much alcohol you drink and for how long.

If you are looking for a way to have fun this weekend but don't want to do binge drinking, consider limiting yourself to just one drink per hour - this should keep you from getting too intoxicated while still enjoying yourself!

A lot of people have this misconception that drinking alcohol is the only way to calm themselves down, but in reality it actually has the opposite effect. Alcohol makes you feel less anxious by disrupting how your brain reacts to stress and anxiety-inducing stimuli.

In other words: while under the influence of booze, you'll be more relaxed than if you were sober - for about 30 minutes or so (the length varies depending on how much alcohol was consumed). Then after that time period ends, as your liver begins processing all those toxins from the alcohol, your mood changes again into one of increased anxiety because now there's even MORE stimulation coming at you.

Alcohol Spins Can Also Make You Dizzy by Changing the Way Blood Flows Through Your Body

It's a common misconception that only drugs and medications can make you dizzy. In reality, alcohol intake is also responsible for this feeling because it changes the way blood flows through your body. When people drink alcohol, they often stand up too quickly or lean over to pick something up off of the floor without realizing what they're doing, which causes them to become lightheaded and sometimes even lose consciousness.

This is because when we consume alcohol, our brain sends signals telling us that everything is alright while at the same time our body begins to produce less blood flow in order to protect itself from harm due to intoxication. The end result is someone who feels like he or she has just been getting the spins on a merry-go-round!

The way an individual may get alcohol spins after drinking can differ depending upon many factors such as how much they consumed, what type of alcohol was had and even their age. For example, if you drink more than one drink per hour (or 12 ounces) quickly over a short period of time then this could lead not only to lightheadedness but also vomiting.

When People Drink Alcohol, They Have Less Blood in Their Brains that is Needed for Coordination and Balance

When someone drinks alcohol, they have less blood in their brains that is needed for coordination and balance. Effects of alcohol can include an imbalance of substances that nerve cells release to communicate with other cells.

This means that the messages from your brain are disrupted when you consume alcohol, which can result in impaired motor skills and a higher risk of falls or accidents.

A person's reaction time slows down when they've consumed alcohol: it takes longer for them to respond to what they see because the message from their eye has been delayed by traveling through an intoxicated brain.

With this slowed response time, there is a greater chance of injury or even death if something happens quickly around them like if someone were coming up behind them on the street!

Conclusion:

Alcohol can have a range of effects on your health, from:

  • feeling dizzy and sick, 
  • alcohol spins to 
  • affecting how well you sleep.

 If you're drinking too much alcohol, it will affect your mental health as well as physical health. Drinking in moderation is the key - but if that's not possible for you then we would recommend reducing getting drunk or cutting out altogether, by seeking help.



Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 


Hello!

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More




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