Below are some facts you need to know about alcohol.
- Alcohol is a Central Nervous System Depressant.
- Alcohol abuse is defined as having more than five drinks per day or fourteen drinks per week for men, or more than three drinks per day or seven drinks per week for women.
- Alcohol is absorbed differently and has different effects on men and women.
- Alcohol is usually imbibed, but can also be absorbed in the bloodstream other ways.
- Binge drinking is the most common in people between the ages of 18 and 34. Binge drinking is a term used to defined drinking a large amount in a short period of time.
- Men are more susceptible to alcoholism, as about 17% of men and 8% of women (less than half of the men) report dependence on alcohol at some point in their lives.
- Long-term alcohol abuse can cause serious health problems, including heart disease, kidney and liver problems, cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, colon, and rectum, dementia, anxiety, and depression.
- Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can cause coma, brain damage, or death.
- 2/3 of high school students who drink report drinking with the intention of getting intoxicated.
- Genetic factors partially cause alcohol abuse. Researchers state that genes are responsible for about half of the cause of alcohol abuse.
- Alcohol abuse affects women’s health more negatively then men, even if they drink less for a shorter duration of time.
- Binge drinking is typically defined as five or more drinks in two hours for men, and four or more drinks in two hours for women.
- Those who drink alcohol before the age of 15 have a higher chance of developing alcohol addiction when they are adults.
- Alcohol withdrawal, when severe enough, can cause death. Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome symptoms include hallucinations and seizures.
- Muscle absorbs alcohol more quickly than fat. This accounts for part of the reason why men tolerate alcohol better than women since women have a higher percentage of body fat than men. In general, people with more muscles and less body fat will have higher alcohol tolerance.
- Signs of alcohol addiction include cravings for alcohol, drinking in inappropriate times or situations (such as while supervising children or driving), financial and/or troubles related to alcohol, hiding alcohol or concealing how many drinks a person has had, and missing obligations or appointments due to alcohol or hangovers.
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