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Alcohol and Balance

  • Michael Khalil
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_994-1



Alcohol intoxication has deleterious effects on balance. It is referred to as an ototoxic drug.


Alcohol intoxication has negative effects on one’s balance in many ways. The vestibular system is greatly affected even if ingested in small amounts. It is concluded that alcohol intoxication causes a series of multifaceted deterioration of body movement.

Effects of Alcohol on Balance

The effects of alcohol intoxication can be devastating to one’s health in a number of ways. More specifically, ethanol intoxication causes impairment in postural sway (Woollacott 1983). Its effects are well investigated on other structures of the brain and body, i.e., the oculomotor system, but there have not been many reports on the acute effects of alcohol on the vestibular system (Nieschalk et al. 1999). Nieschalk et al. have demonstrated in their study that alcohol intoxication affects mainly the vestibulocerebellum, a finding that disputed...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Khalil
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

Section editors and affiliations

  • Menelaos Apostolou
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus