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
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
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 http://www.addict-help.com/
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.