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All About Alcohol

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Kelly Lauter

on 17 March 2017

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Alcohol
What's the Big Deal?!

What is alcohol?
Dude, what's wrong with your brain?!
What has more?
Alcohol changes how the mind and body work, therefore it is considered a
DRUG
.


Alcohol can be made up of fermented fruits, vegetables, and grains
So what does it do to you?
Alcohol is a depressant. This means it slows down
the functions of the Central Nervous System.

*What is your Central Nervous System?*
A beer is better than a shot, right?
With a small amount of alcohol, the person might feel relaxed, feel a little dizzy, or silly. But as a person continues drinking, they may become angry, easily aggravated, or even violent. A person with large amounts of alcohol in their system might act like a totally different person altogether. They might even stumble, trip, or completely fall down because their balance and coordination aren't working right!
Will it hurt me in the long run?
Long Term Effects
What are some short-term effects?
Dizzyness
Slurred Speech
Drowsiness
Upset stomach
Blurry vision
Impaired judgement
Decreased balance and coordination
Large amounts of alcohol can cause many long term health problems including a disease called

cirrhosis
,
which is when alcohol causes the liver to stop working properly. This can cause pain, fever, tiredness, low blood pressure, and even death!
Ulcers, or open sores in the lining of the stomach can also be formed.
The brain can begin to work more slowly, or even cause parts of the brain to stop working altogether.
Alcohol increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Should pregnant mothers drink?
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Drinking while pregnant can cause
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
, which is a group of birth defects that can occur when an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol.
What is Blood Alcohol Concentration?
Intoxication:
The state of being affected by alcohol. A person's level of intoxication can be measured by their:
Blood alcohol concentration:

The percentage of alcohol in a person's blood.
As the person's BAC rises, their behavior becomes less controlled. Too high of a BAC can lead to death (alcohol poisoning).
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~*How does the size of a person play a role in BAC?*~
What about age?
Should I drive when I drink?
Driving when even slightly intoxicated can be very dangerous for both the driver and anyone else nearby.
Remember:
alcohol is a depressant, so your reaction time is slower.
This could lead to an increased risk of accidents.
*Do you know what the legal limit (BAC) is to operate a motor vehicle?*
Did you know?
An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2011.

http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih3/alcohol/activities/lesson1.htm
This can cause:
Low birth weight
small head circumfrence
failure to thrive
developmental delay
facial abnormalities, including smaller eye openings, flattened cheekbones, and indistinct philtrum (an underdeveloped groove between the nose and the upper lip)
•epilepsy
•poor coordination/fine motor skills
•poor socialization skills, such as difficulty building and maintaining friendships and relating to groups
•lack of imagination or curiosity
•learning difficulties, including poor memory, inability to understand concepts such as time and money, poor language comprehension, poor problem-solving skills
•behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal, stubbornness, impulsiveness, and anxiety
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