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The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opium

The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opium

Being drunk on alcohol and high on opium can produce some similar effects

Opium is a black or brown tar-like narcotic taken from the white liquid inside a poppy plant. It contains morphine and codeine, and it can also be processed to produce heroin, which is taken via needle injection. In that form, opium is twice as potent as morphine, and it severely affects reasoning skills. In fact, the drug acts as a depressant, which means it slows down the brain’s ability to function and process information. While taking opium, users may have dulled senses, or they may appear to be in a stupor. She may act without thinking logically or cohesively, even irrationally.

Other signs of being high on opium include the following problems:

  • Avoiding eye contact with others or looking “spaced out”
  • Impaired coordination
  • Depression and apathy
  • Euphoric mood for a few hours
  • Relaxation
  • Reduced energy
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired vision
  • Hallucinations

These signs will fade away as the high does, which is typically two or three hours after taking opium, but that timeframe could vary based on the user’s body weight and the amount of drugs taken.

Signs of Being Drunk

Showing the signs of drunkenness also vary based on a drinker’s body size and the amount of alcohol he ingests. Also, alcohol affects every person differently, so the signs of drunkenness will vary from person to person. However, many people display similar behavior, such as the following problems:

  • Becoming loud and disorderly
  • Becoming dramatic
  • Attempting something you cannot possibly do
  • Being argumentative
  • Physical violence
  • Using offensive language
  • Becoming incoherent or slurring speech
  • Spilling drinks
  • Difficulty walking straight
  • Losing one’s train of thought
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Flushed face
  • Drowsiness or sleeping in public

If you recognize any of the aforementioned problems in a loved one, then he is probably drunk.

Similar Signs of Alcohol Use and Opium Use

In spite of their differences, some signs of opium abuse and alcohol consumption look very similar. If someone only sees those similar signs, then she may confuse the two usages. Similar signs of being drunk and being high on opium include the following problems:

  • Relaxation
  • Impaired coordination
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired vision
  • Loss of train of thought

Generally speaking, a person on opium will appear much more relaxed and laid back than someone using alcohol. On the other hand, someone who has had too much to drink will often become more outgoing and brazen in his encounters with others. This distinction is important to recognize, especially if you suspect that someone has overdosed on either substance. The treatment for overdose will be unique to the substance ingested, so being able to tell a physician what has been consumed is critical.

Taking opium and becoming drunk are dangerous activities. If you think you or a loved one exhibits the signs of alcohol or opium abuse, then you need to get help as soon as possible. Talk with your doctor or a mental health professional as soon as possible to assess your situation and to help you break the cycle of abuse.

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