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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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His identifying himself, belittlingly, as "Manger, the tailor-lad" suggests that his low station accounts for at least or excuses his insobriety. He has totally devalued, by ommision in the poem, any reference to his literary gifts (which ironically, ultimately accorded him immortality).
There was virtually no indication of women's insobriety in archival files and published primary sources from the 1930s, while there were repeated examples of men's drunkenness.
The company reserved the right to stop the pay of any driller in the case of illness caused by "insobriety, immorality or other misconduct and to discharge the said employee summarily on any of these accounts." In the case of dismissal for behaviour deemed immoral by the company, the driller also forfeited his return passage to Petrolia and was legal ly bound to refund the cost of his passage from Petrolia to Borneo.
A few months previously, the television station had invited its entire audience, all the way from the Baltic to the Pacific, to submit a list of its dearest songs -- in any language -- and then at 00:01 on January 1 to defy insobriety and start guessing the country's aggregate preferences.
And what of John Arbuckle, MLA who, in 1840, was censured by the House for "unseemly insobriety".
For instance President Boris Yeltsin comes out as 'Endless insobriety trip'.
Father Jacques Bruyas, who lived with the Oneidas, despaired that men drank "simply to become intoxicated--imagining, in their drunkenness, that they become persons of importance." Abbe Belmont accused the Iroquois of drinking as an excuse for doing evil, knowing that "insobriety furnish[ed] them, by custom, a valid excuse for any evil which they might commit in such a condition." Fathers Lafitau and Bruyas were frustrated with similar problems.
The story recounts the grip of "British Law" over a population given to political treachery, insobriety, brawling and murder -- and the prospect of salvation for a new generation.