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Inebriety, also called drunkenness, represents a temporary disturbance of the soul peace. It is caused by external factors and has an organic substratum.

Inebriety reveals at behavioral and mood level. It depends on several factors such as physical and psychical moment state, external environmental stimuls, and alcohol tolerance.

There are several changes that occur during a inebriety state:

  • mood changes: from cheerfulness to depresion, anger and aggression;
  • motion changes: from stimulation to inhibition;
  • social behavior changes: from facilitating contacts to aggressive and unpolite acts;
  • self-consciousness changes: from wide-awakeness to a pathological state (characterized by dizziness and temporary loss of consciousness) and coma;
  • changes of the reasoning capacity: slow thinking, obsessive ideas, low level of critical thinking - that sometimes is confounded with creative thinking;
  • motricity changes: speaking difficulties, disturbance in movement coordination, and uncontrolled gesticulation;
  • neuro-vegetative modifications: vasodilatation, pulse variation, nausea and vomiting, thermoregulation disturbance, and sometimes loss of sphincters control.

All these changes become more emphasised when the inebriety reaches an advanced state. According to the alcoholemy level, there are three types of inebriety: light inebriety (0,5 - 1,5‰), medium inebriety (1,5 - 2,5‰) and advanced inebriety. However, those changes that occur during each state of inebriety varies from person to person. These differences among drinkers mostly depend on the alcohol consumption habit.

There is also a particular form of inebriety called pathological drunkenness. This form of inebriety is characterised by intense behavioral and consciousness modifications, and is common in psychopaths and patients that suffer from cerebral diseases.

An ancient Romans saying "in vino veritas" meant that "the truth is in wine". This means that, when drunk, a person is showing his real character.
This saying is only suitable for the buzzed staged when several brain functions such as chapacity to reason and to assess, and logic thinking, are restained. Also, in this stage, the person might not be able to control himself, might say and do things that normally he would not do.
Also, major personality modifications can occur in advanced states of inebriety, when large areas of midbrain - the center of emotions, are affected.

The real character of a person cannot be artificially (chemically) obtained. However, it is dangerous when the person starts to believe than only with alcohol he can achieve a fulfilled life that satisfies his real character. In this cases other remedies need to be found, such as psychotherapy.

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