Facts about Alcohol


An alcoholic beverage is mainly any fermented liquor such as wine, beer or a distilled spirit; it usually contains ethyl alcohol or ethanol that acts as an intoxicating agent. This addictive agent acts as a depressant which in low doses cause euphoria, reduced anxiety and sociability and in higher doses can lead to changed behaviour and unconsciousness. Alcohol is rapidly absorbed in the stomach and intestine because it doesn’t go through any digestive processes therefore alcohol raises blood pressure in a relatively short time. The most interesting part about alcohol is the effect it has on the brain. While drinking or after drinking alcohol it begins to suppress the functions of the brain in a characteristic pattern. The most complex actions of the brain such as judgment and self-loathing can be effected.

Excess alcohol intake can cause dehydration in a variety of ways. Alcohol decreases the body of antidiuretic hormone; this hormone is what causes us to reabsorb water. Drinking excessively can also cause vomiting, which includes the expulsion of water.

Alcohol is widely accepted across the world therefore it doesn’t carry a negative stigma like drugs such as marijuana. But the dangers of alcohol and alcoholism are very real. The easy access to alcohol is one of the leading causes in this very serious addiction. The loss of control and the inability to stop drinking is a serious red flag if you like alcohol.

Heavy drinking can lead to the risk of certain cancers. Alcoholism may damage the liver, brain and other vital organs we need to survive. Drinking during pregnancy is harmful to your baby and can lead to so many difficulties during and after the birth. Alcohol can cause your baby to be born with disabilities. Alcohol can negatively affect our skin; it starts by dehydrating which is already horrible on your entire body. The liver is affected and it leaves your skin looking pale and unhealthy.

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    • Gavin
    • November 11, 2016

    Thanks Megan, but i will always love my beer

    • James
    • November 11, 2016

    Drinking is fine in moderation. Risk is everywhere.

    • Melanie
    • November 11, 2016

    I made the decision to stop drinking during my third year of university. Worth it.

    • Mel
    • November 11, 2016

    water and alcohol go hand in hand in my party lifestyle

    • Owen
    • November 11, 2016

    a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away,

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