How Drinking Alcohol Affects the Brain

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The topic I chose for my essay is how alcohol can affect the brain. I used Google and Bing as my research database. Initially I found a lot of information on drinking alcohol, but that covered every aspect of it. I wanted to incorporate as much information that I had found on drinking alcohol as I could. From drinking and driving, how people think when they are under the influence, to how alcohol affects the brain. I wanted to make sure I touched base with everything I had learned. I found the most obvious fact, that alcohol can be a very serious problem when not used responsibly. I wanted to try to present both side of alcohol, so I could chose and articles by people who were open minded. Not only can alcohol help people relax and feel less tired, studies show that moderate alcohol use protects against cardiovascular diseases. However, the effects of drinking alcohol can involve both health and safety problems. Auto crashes, violence, and suicide are just a few examples. Alcohol has many effects on people, most of which the average drinker does not know. Studies show that a person will first try alcohol around the age of thirteen. High school students drink thirty-five percent of all wine coolers sold in the U.S. and consume 1.1 billion cans of beer. To understand the effects of alcohol, it begins with the brain. It is a curiosity as to why people feel the need to drink and drive. The way the brain works while influenced with Sease 2 alcohol has always fascinated me. Drinking and driving is one of the biggest decisions that alcohol leads to. The National Public Services Research Institute (NHTSA) did a study on 600 people who admitted driving while under the influence ... ... middle of paper ... ...new person becomes an alcoholic. What better way to help stop it then doing research to help promote and warn people of the long-term damage? Sease 6 Sease 7 Works Cited Works Cited Hanson, David. "Does drinking alcohol kill brain cells?." N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jul 2010. www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/HealthIssues/1103162109.html>. niaaa, . "Alcohols damaging affects on the brain." N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jul 2010. pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa63/aa63.htm>. "7 scientifically proven ways to stimulate brain cell growth." 4 mind 4 life. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jul 2010. stimulate-brain-cell-growth-neurogen>. "NHTSA." Why people drink and drive 04/19/1995: n. pag. Web. 4 Aug 2010. www.nhtsa.gov/people/outreach/traftech/1995/TT094.htm>.

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