AlCOHOL (1)

AlCOHOL (1) - ALCOHOL ALCOPOPS 75% of High School Students...

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ALCOHOL ALCOPOPS
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75% of High School Students report having tried alcohol at least once. 28% reported having an alcoholic beverage in the last month Male students more likely than  female students to report  episodic heavy drinking
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What is Alcohol? Depressant Contains intoxicating substance called ethyl alcohol or ethanol Slows down the functions of the brain and other parts of the nervous system
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What is Alcohol? Produced by a fermentation process Proof is the amount of alcohol in the substance (ex. 100 proof bottle of vodka is 50% alcohol) 12 oz. Beer = 4 oz. Wine = 1 oz. liquor
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Effects of Alcohol Heart/Blood Vessels Short term Perspiration increases and skin becomes flushed Long Term High blood pressure and damage to the heart muscle; blood vessels harden and become less flexible
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More Effects Brain/Nervous System Short Term Speech is slurred and difficulty walking Long Term Brain cells are destroyed and unable to be replaced; damage to nerves in body resulting in numbness in hands and feet
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…The Rest of Alcohol Effects Liver Short Term Liver changes alcohol into water and carbon dioxide Long Term Liver is damaged possibly resulting in cirrhosis (scarring and destruction of the liver)
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Liver Can only oxidize about 1 serving of alcohol an hour NO WAY to speed up this process Until liver has had time to oxidize all of the alcohol ingested, it keeps circulating through the bloodstream
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