Monday, March 30, 2009


Alcohol is seen by many as a more socially acceptable drug, but that’s not to say it’s any less powerful than other drugs. Technically speaking, it's a nervous system depressant, which means it slows down your body's responses in all kinds of ways. Just enough can make you feel great, too much and you’ll have a hangover the next day.


booze, bevy


Alcohol will often exaggerate whatever mood you're in when you start drinking.
It takes your body an hour to process one unit of alcohol.

Chances of getting hooked
For some people drinking gradually gets out of control and results either in regular binge-drinking, heavy harmful drinking or alcoholism (alcohol dependence).

Appearance and use
Alcohol comes in a whole range of different drinks. Spirits usually contain a higher level of alcohol to wine or lager. While ‘alcopops’ and ready-to-drink ‘mixers’ may not seem it, they usually contain more alcohol by volume than beer or cider.

The risks
*One drink too many can leave you feeling out of control – like slurring your words, losing your balance and vomiting.
*Psychological and physical dependence on alcohol can creep up on you. Tolerance gradually increases the more you drink excessively on a regular basis, so you may find you'll need more alcohol to reach the same state. In other words, you may seem to be getting better at holding your drink when that’s really a sign of a developing problem.
*Alcohol can make you mouthy, argumentative and aggressive. There’s no way of knowing beforehand if you’re going to turn into a nasty drunk.
*Serious overindulgence can lead to alcohol poisoning which could put you in a coma or even kill you.
*Alcohol is the root cause generally for contributing to all kinds of problems , from violent crime to domestic violence and to car-related deaths.
*Long-term excessive use of alcohol causes illnesses such as liver damage, stomach cancer and heart disease.
*Fetal damage in pregnant women at high dose or frequency

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