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November 12, 2019
Despite popular belief, alcohol is in fact a drug. Alcohol is classified as a depressant due to it effects of slowing down vital functions which induces slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and inability to rapidly react. However, although alcohol is defined as a depressant it can also cause stimulating effects depending on the amount of alcohol consumed. Many people drink alcohol for its stimulant effects, generally having a glass of beer or wine to “loosen up”. But when a person consumes more alcohol than the body can handle, then the depressant effects onset.
Alcohol has various effects on the body, most of its effects can be detrimental to one’s health. When alcohol is consumed it is absorbed into the bloodstream through small blood vessels in the walls f the stomach and small intestine. Within minutes after consuming alcohol it enters into the bloodstream, traveling from the stomach to the brain, where it quickly causes the onset of its effects which slows down the action of the nerve. Approximately 20% of alcohol travels in the bloodstream to the liver, majority of the remaining 80% is absorbed into the small intestine. Alcohol can also be carried from the bloodstream into the liver, which can eliminates alcohol from the blood, a process defined as metabolizing, where it converted into a non-toxic substance. The liver is only capable of metabolizing a certain amount of alcohol at a time, which leaves the excess amounts circulating throughout the body. Therefore, the intensity of alcohol’s effects is directly contingent upon the amount consumed. If the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream goes over a certain level, the respiratory system significantly slows down, which can cause coma or even death due to oxygen being unable to reach the brain.
Many people are unaware of when their alcohol consumption because problematic, this can be attributed to many not knowing the what counts as one drink. The percentage of alcohol in alcoholic beverages can vary, different types of beer, wine, or malt liquors can have varying amounts of alcohol content. Fermented drinks, such as beer and wine can contain two to twenty percent of alcohol. Distilled drinks (liquor) can contain as much as 40 to 50 percent of alcohol. The following information can give you a general idea of alcohol percentages in various alcoholic beverages:
What is a standart drink?
There are certain people who should not consume alcohol at all, some of the criteria for those who should refrain consuming alcohol includes:
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