The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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The Effects of Alcohol on the Body Alcohol is one of many dangerous substances that effects our bodies. The effects of this drug can be very harmful. Alcohol is a potent non-prescription drug sold to anyone over the national legal drinking age, 21. Unlike other deadly drugs it is easy to access. This makes it easy to over-consume and create a tragic accident, even death. It can damage a person not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Many people each year become more and more addicted to alcohol and soon experience all of it?s dangerous effects. Even if alcohol use is discontinued, some of these damages can not be cured, because the scars have been left on those that drink and those that surround them. The only hope of truly avoiding the effects of alcohol is complete abstinence from the drug. Alcohol counts for a large percentage of accidents and deaths among people of all gender, and age each year. Every year alcohol is responsible for 1/2 of all murders, accidental deaths, and suicides; 1/3 of all drowning, boating, and aviation deaths; 1/2 of all crimes; and almost 1/2 of all fatal automobile accidents. (Alcolimit.com December 4). The amount of alcohol consumed by each gender differs. Men are more likely to drink, and they drink more heavily than women, though in some cases it is vice versa and this does not exclude women from being capable of drinking heavily.(http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 9). Whether it be a large or small amount 89% of men and 85% of women consume some alcohol each year. (http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 10) 18% of men and 29% of women do not drink or drink less than once a month. (http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 10) Men consume 73% of all alcohol. 83% of the top 10% of drinkers are male. (http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 10) On average the top 5% of male drinkers consume the equivalent of 63 cans of beer a week. (http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 10) On average the top 5% of female drinkers consume the equivalent of 25 cans of beer a week. (http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 10) 19% of male drinkers and 10% of female drinkers drink every day. (http://www.alcohol.org.nz/effects December 10) Studies have shown that males are more likely to drink as women, but women are not so far behind. Everyone experiences the effects of alcohol, rega... ... middle of paper ... ... one of many dangerous substances that effects our bodies. The effects of this drug can be very harmful. In conclusion, the choice is all up to the drinker. If they choose to drink they are also choosing to put their health in jeopardy and in some cases the health of their unborn child. In more tragic cases, innocent people lose their lives to these thoughtless people who get behind the wheel and drive while intoxicated. The major burden of coping with this complex drug and its problems continues to fall on the individuals and families and friends. The only way to prevent any effects is to stay completely clear of alcohol. Works Cited "Alcohol and Drug Consumption." Encyclopedia Britannica Macropaedia. 1990ed ?Alcoholism." World Book Encyclopedia. 1997ed. 335-338 ?Alcohol Limit? (4 December 2000) Langone, John. Bombed, Buzzed, Smashed or...sober (a book about alcohol). Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1975. Silverstien, Alvin. Alcoholism. Philidelphia and New York: J.B. Lippencott Company, 1977. Personal Interview. 19 November 2000. ?The Percentages of Alcohol...? ( 30 November 2000)

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