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sleep drunkenness a condition of prolonged transition from sleep to waking, with partial alertness, disorientation, drowsiness, poor coordination, and sometimes excited or violent behavior.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Intoxication, usually alcoholic.
See also: acute alcoholism.
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The state of acute alcohol-induced inebriation, which is a factor in12 of the 35,000 MVAs/yr–US; it plays a role in domestic violence, drownings, falls, fires, homelessness, homicides, suicides. See Sleep drunkenness.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


Intoxication, usually alcoholic.
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Patient discussion about drunkenness

Q. what are the do and and don't do when you are drunk? is there an easy way to get out of the drunken feeling?

A. eating alot of bread soaks up the alcohol.

Q. what happens if i will drink and drive? why is it so dangerous? what cause the blurry when you are drunk?

A. You can take your lives, and even worse, the lives of innocent other people. Driving (or performing any other activity that requires precision and alertness) under the influence of alcohol is dangerous because alcohol acts as a "downer" - it slows the overall brain activity, and makes the drinker to think less clearly, acts slowly, and remove it's inhibition so he or she may make reckless decisions (such as not stopping at traffic lights).

The exact mechanism isn't totally understood, but alcohol acts in a diffuse pattern over many regions of the brain. One doesn't have to be totally drunk in order to be ineligible to drive - relatively small amounts of alcohol may already influence enough to make driving extremely dangerous.

You may read more here:

And remember - if you drink, you don't drive. That's what friends are for.

Q. what are the side effects of drinking to much alcohol? beside getting drunk....

A. wow...there are so many...here is a list of short terms effects:

long terms include bone marrow inhibition and liver cirrhosis. both can be deadly.

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A source close to Simon said: "He told Lauren it was the best day of his life He is completely besotted.
I am besotted. We tell each other we love one another five times a day.
Cut A Dash could be seen as one of racing's hard-luck stories, but at least he had his hour in the spotlight and the blessing of 'besotted' owners for a secure retirement.
This delicate balance is upset when newly arrived (and besotted) American aid worker Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser) befriends Fowler and then sets out to woo Phuong from her older and married suitor.
A recent episode featured an Osbourne family council, in which the besotted Ozzy tries to "lay down the law" for his rebellious children.
Almost all members of the public have by now formed their impressions of what Mary Archer is like, and our opinions do not have much in common with the besotted old fool of a judge who called her fragrant - Best-selling writer AN Wilson
Brown, Judy Dench plays a crisp Queen Victoria besotted with a Scottish servant; in Love and Death on Long Island (a Canada-British co-production), John Hurt plays a crisp English intellectual besotted with a doltish American teen idol (Jason Priestly cruelly typecast).
And she said she is besotted with little Patrick Sonny Boland and was welcoming him for Easter lunch in Dublin yesterday.
She is now totally besotted and admits she can't even sleep for thinking about him.
I gaze across the shore line the views are sublime, a picturesque setting of a Cornish scene In cowslip pastures dwells my quaint thatched roof cottage strewn primrose and snow drops I am totally besotted, tossing a penny in the old wishing well for my secret desires it will conjour its spell For my prince to arrive in top hat and tails in time for the ball at Boscastle domain, waltzing and twirling a mood so surreal I could dance until midnight in this enchanted dress A bow and a curtsy my carriage awaits for a spellbinding journey to a bewitching place, in cowslip pastures dwells my quant thatched roof cottage strewn brimstone a flutter I am totally besotted.
Watson, 21, looked "besotted", and she was pictured kissing her co-star Johnny Simmons, 24, tenderly.
He was said to be "besotted" with Francine - who he met on last year's Boyzone tour - and made plans to leave wife Yvonne to set up home with her.