Drug Research Project - Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse - Research Notes

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Drug Research Project - Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse - Research Notes Introduction Name of drug/topic: Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse Street names: Drink, booze, brew, liquor, sauce, hooch, moonshine, suds Description/Summary What your drug looks like: Pure alcohol is clear or has no colour. After fermentation and distillation, the colour varies. What is your topic about: This topic is about information about alcohol and factors of alcohol abuse and how it is misused. Information Background info: Alcohol is a fermented beverage that is made from
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honey, fermented grains and fruit juice for hundreds of decades. History: In early Egyptian civilization, fermented drinks already existed. Around 7000 B.C. in China, there was an alcoholic beverage found. During 2000 and 3000 B.C. in India, there was an alcoholic drink called “sura” which was distilled from rice. In 2700 B.C. in Greece, there was a fermented beverage called mead, which was made from honey and water, used for worshipping a wine goddess. During the pre-Columbian times, multiple types of alcoholic beverages from the Andes were produced using grapes, corn or apples called “chicha”. During the 16th century, spirits were largely utilized for medicinal purposes. In the early 18th century, the British parliament passed a law that encouraged the use of grains to distill spirits. In the mid-18th century, gin consumption in Britain had approached 18 million gallons which made alcoholism widespread. Statistics: Alcohol kills more youngsters than all of the other drugs united. It is a fact that in the three main causes of death amidst 15 to 24- year-olds; primarily due to homicides, accidents and suicides. Adolescences who consume alcohol are 7.5 times more anticipated to consume other illegal drugs. Also, they are 50 times more anticipated to use cocaine than youth who never drink. A survey once found that 32% of the alcoholics over the age of 12 were also unauthorized drug addicts. In 2007, alcohol-associated traffic deaths in the USA were 12,998. This is higher than three times as many American veterans who
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died in battle in the first six years of the Iraq war. Interesting Facts: Alcohol is adapted in the liver, where enzymes support breaking down the ethanol into acetate and acetaldehyde.
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