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          Jordyn J.
               What is Alcohol?
   Alcohol is a clear drink that is made from corn,
    barley, grain, rye, or a beverage containing
    ethyl. When a person drinks alcohol, about 20%
    is absorbed in the stomach, and 80% is
    absorbed in the small intestine. The
    concentration of alcohol, the type of drink, and
    whether the stomach is full or empty depends
    on how fast the alcohol is absorbed. Once the
    alcohol is absorbed into the tissue, it affects
    your mind and body. Blood alcohol
    concentration can rise up to 20 minutes after
    having a drink. After alcohol is absorbed it
    leaves the body in three ways: the kidneys,
    lungs, and liver.
      Street Names for Alcohol
 Booze
 Brew
 Cold One
 Juice
 Sauce
 Hard Stuff
 Vino
 Liquor
       Long Term Effect of Alcohol
   Sudden cessation of long term, extensive alcohol
    intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms,
    including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations
    and convulsions. Long-term effects of consuming
    large quantities of alcohol, especially when
    combined with poor nutrition, can lead to
    permanent damage to vital organs such as the
    brain and liver. In addition, mothers who drink
    alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to
    infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants
    may suffer from mental retardation and other
    irreversible physical abnormalities. In addition,
    research indicates that children of alcoholic
    parents are at greater risk than other children of
    becoming alcoholics
       Short Term Effects of Alcohol
   The effects of alcohol are dependent on a variety of
    factors, including a person's size, weight, age, and
    sex, as well as the amount of food and alcohol
    consumed. The disinhibiting effect of alcohol is one
    of the main reasons it is used in so many social
    situations. Other effects of moderate alcohol intake
    include dizziness and talkativeness; the immediate
    effects of a larger amount of alcohol include slurred
    speech, disturbed sleep, nausea, and vomiting.
    Alcohol, even at low doses, significantly impairs the
    judgment and coordination required to drive a car
    safely. Low to moderate doses of alcohol can also
    increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive
    acts, including domestic violence and child abuse.
    Hangovers are another possible effect after large
    amounts of alcohol are consumed; a hangover
    consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and
         Psychological Side Effects of
   Although alcohol initially makes people feel relaxed, long term
    excessive use can ultimately increase anxiety and cause
    depression. It is also related to problems with sleeping, mood-
    swings, violence and suicide (about two-thirds of suicide
    attempts are thought to involve alcohol). Alcohol is a
    depressant. In addition to that, it damages relationships,
    interferes with work, and is generally disruptive to a happy and
    productive life. All of these things can lead to depression.
    Alcoholism can also lead to anxiety, since it puts relationships
    and careers at risk. It often leads to legal problems, as well,
    which can produce anxiety. Alcoholics often feel anxious about
    their own alcohol use, although this may be expressed in odd
    ways. For instance, the alcoholic may become angry and
    defensive when questioned about their alcohol use. Alcoholism
    side effects include social isolation. The alcoholic tends to avoid
    social situations where alcohol will not be served. As mentioned
    above, alcoholics also tend to get annoyed with people who
    question their drinking. Social isolation can lead to a number of
    issues, including depression and anxiety.
    Where to Find Help for Someone
      Who is Addicted to Alcohol

 Go to
 Or call 1-866-905-4550
       Is Alcohol Legal or Illegal?
   Alcohol is legal for anyone who is above
    the age of 21. For anyone who is under
    the age of 21, alcohol is illegal.
          Facts About Alcohol
 Just about everyone knows that the legal
  drinking age throughout the United States is 21.
  But according to the National Center on
  Addiction and Substance Abuse, almost 80% of
  high school students have tried alcohol.
 Alcohol is used in liquid form. Types include
  beer, wine, and liquor.
 Alcoholism is a disease — a chronic, progressive,
  fatal disease if not treated.
      More Facts About Alcohol
 The human body produces its own supply of
  alcohol naturally on a continuous basis, 24 hours
  a day, seven days a week.
 Every year, more money is spent promoting the
  use of alcohol than any other product. Perhaps
  through its elaborate and creative marketing,
  the most basic, yet important fact about alcohol
  is often overlooked — alcohol is a drug — the
  most commonly used and widely abused
  psychoactive drug in the world.

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