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Transcript of Alcohol
Causes change to a person's physical and emotional state
Intoxication- physical & mental changes produced by alcohol
Short Term Effects
Irritates mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach
Makes the body lose heat
Causes the liver to work harder
Loss of judgement/self-control
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Amount of alcohol in a person's blood
Drinking 5 or more drinks in a sitting
Alcohol poisoning- brain and heart stop working
Loss of consciousness
Dangerously slow breathing
Brain damage, including shrunken brain,
and dead brain cells
Irritation to the esophagus and stomach
Cancer of the mouth/esophagus/stomach
Enlargement of the heart
Cirrhosis (disease that replaces healthy
liver with scar tissue)
Decreased ability to absorb vitamins
Diminished immune system function
Makes fighting disease difficult
Permanent change due to repeated dehydration and lack of oxygen to the brain
Dementia- decrease in brain function (personality change and memory loss)
What is Alcoholism?
Alcohol abuse- drinking too much, too often, or drinking at inappropriate times.
- disease causing a person to lose control of his/her drinking behavior
Drinker cannot drink alcohol in moderation or at appropriate times
Needs more alcohol to produce the same effect
Drinkers body needs alcohol to function normally.
Drinker has lost his/her drinking behavior
Drinking and Driving
Impaired by alcohol:
Slows reaction time
Makes you drowsy
Illegal for people under 21 with
alcohol in their system
Safe and Sober
1. Don't drink
2. Plan ahead (DD)
3. Make an arrangement with guardian
4. Call a cab