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6 Facts About Alcohol

March 12, 2013 by  
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Alcohol Facts

Alcohol Facts

There are some widely held misconceptions about alcohol. For example, many people think that alcohol is not as dangerous as other drugs because it is legal and socially acceptable. Some think that drinking coffee after drinking alcohol will sober you up, or that the best cure for a hangover is having another drink. Here are some alcohol facts and alcohol fiction:

Alcohol Fact #1 :  Alcohol is the most widely abused drug in the United States. Studies indicate that over 22 percent of the American population (55 million people) ages 12 and older were binge drinkers in the past month. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more alcoholic beverages on the same occasion. More than 7 million binge drinkers were under the age of 21.

Alcohol Fact #2:  Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers, and alcohol-related car crashes are the number one cause of death of teens in the United States. Also, the younger you are when you start drinking, the more likely you are to have problems with substance abuse later in life.

Alcohol Fact #3:  About 1 in 1,000 of the children born in the US every year suffers from ‘fetal alcohol syndrome.’ This is a syndrome that occurs when alcohol is consumed during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a condition in which the development of the brain is permanently impaired. It is the single most common cause of mental retardation in the US.

Alcohol Fact #4: Once a person has become dependent on alcohol, withdrawal can be fatal. Alcohol withdrawal refers to the set of symptoms that are observed when an individual suddenly stops drinking alcohol after a period of prolonged or excessive use. The severity of alcohol withdrawal depends on a number of factors including: how long you have been drinking, how much you drink, your general health, and age. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as two hours after the last drink and last for weeks, and range from mild anxiety and shakiness to severe complications, such as seizures and delirium tremens (also called DTs). DT’s are characterized by rapid heartbeat, fever, and confusion, and, in a certain number of cases, result in death. If left unattended, patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal can suffer head injuries, lethal dehydration, heart attack or stroke and can choke on their own vomit.

Alcohol Fact #5: Most people who get DUI’s are repeat offenders. On average, people who get a DUI have driven under the influence 80 times before they get caught. Even after they get caught, half of DUI offenders continue to drive on a suspended license.

Alcohol Fact #6: Time is the only thing that can lower blood alcohol content. Many people think that drinking coffee or eating food can sober you up after you’ve been drinking. The truth is, caffeine does nothing to lower your blood alcohol content, and eating food after you have been drinking does not help you metabolize it more quickly. Time is the only way to sober up. It takes about one hour for every drink you’ve consumed.

Sources:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/09/prweb285780.htm

http://www.pbs.org/inthemix/educators/lessons/alcohol1/factsheet.html

 

 

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