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Alcohol Facts

Alcohol, defined by The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, is a colorless volatile flammable liquid, C2H5OH, synthesized or obtained by fermentation of sugars and starches and widely used, either pure or denatured, as a solvent and in drugs, cleaning solutions, explosives, and intoxicating beverages. Here are some alcohol facts you might not have known.

Alcohol is a depressant which means having the quality of depressing or lowering the vital activities; a sedative. The slang terms for alcohol are booze, hooch, moonshine, tipple, toddy, red-eye and juice.

Some of the short term effects of alcohol are dependent on multiple factors including a person’s weight, size, age, sex along with the amount of food eaten and the amount of alcohol consumed. It lowers a person’s inhibitions which is why it is used in social situations. The effect of a moderate amount of alcohol consumed is becoming very talkative and dizziness. The effect of a large amount of alcohol consumed are slurred speech, clumsiness including stumbling and falling down, red eyes, flushing of the face, sweating, possible blackout (a period of total memory loss, as one induced by an accident or prolonged alcoholic drinking ), nausea and vomiting. Hangovers are also possible after consuming a large amount of alcohol. Hangovers consist of headache, sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, thirst caused by dehydration, dizziness and fatigue.

A small amount of alcohol will significantly impair one’s judgment and coordination needed to safely drive a car. Small amounts of alcohol can also cause a person to become overly aggressive due to the loss of inhibition becoming the cause for domestic violence and child abuse which a person would not have done not under the influence of alcohol.

The long term effects of heavy use of alcohol can lead to alcohol addiction. Once addicted to alcohol if a person suddenly stops drinking they will experience withdrawal symptoms from it. These symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cold chills and sweats, severe anxiety, irritability, insomnia, hallucinations and convulsion/seizures.

Other long term effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol include permanent damage to the brain, alcoholic dementia also referred to as wet brain, and of course the liver.  These are caused by long term use of alcohol and the poor nutrition that goes along with it. Women who are pregnant and drink during this time may give birth to a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome (pattern of birth defects characterized by growth retardation, cranial, facial, or neural abnormalities, and developmental disabilities). Also research shows that children of parents with an alcohol addiction are more likely than those children whose parents don’t drink to develop an alcohol addiction themselves.

With these alcohol facts in mind, take care on the choices you make where alcohol is concerned.