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Alcohol is a drug! It's a depressant, which means it slows down the body's functions.

It's also quite deceiving, because when people start drinking they seem really happy...but the more they drink, the more their brain and body slow down...the more the mind gets depressed...and the more difficult it is to actually make sense. Basically, alcohol is a mood altering drug. 

Alcohol also affects your brain differently, especially if you are younger. Have you ever asked yourself why the drinking age is 21? 

It's no secret, or surprise that legal age for purchasing or consuming alcohol is 21 years old, but why? Alcohol tolerance and effects are dependent on many things like weight, height, gender, how long ago someone ate, and ethnicity. But, the younger a person is, the less control they have to stop drinking, the more alcohol affects them, and the more all of these factors of weight, ethnicity, height, gender, how long ago you ate the plate lunch, etc. are amplified. But still the question remains...why? Well, it all has to do with your developing brain. If you want to learn more about it CLICK HERE! 

Alcohol's active ingredients are ethyl alcohol or ethanol. 

 "Alcopops" sugary, fruit-flavored drinks that target women and teens contain nearly double the alcohol than 1 standard drink. Beverages like Smirnoff Ice, Mikes Hard Lemonade, and Four Loko use sugar and fruit flavors to hide the true amount of alcohol, which can be dangerous.

Effects, Indicators & Symptoms of Alcohol Use

  •     Slower reactions
  •     Unexpected behavior change
  •     Balance, coordination, and judgment suffer
  •     Slurred speech, confusion
  •     Increased risk taking
  •     Drowsiness
  •     Nausea and vomiting
Long Term:
  •     Muscle disease and tremors
  •     Liver disease, including cirrhosis of the liver and cancer
  •     Nutritional deficiency, ulcers, and gastritis
  •     Increased blood pressure
  •     Irritation and inflammation of parts of the digestive system
  •     Increased risk of cancer of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx and larynx
  •     Bad skin, hair and nails

  • Alcohol and tobacco kill more than 50 times the number of people that are killed by illegal drugs combined.
  • Alcohol can affect your body's involuntary reflexes, such as breathing and the gag reflex. 
  • Binge drinking is drinking a lot, in a small amount of time. On average, it is 4 drinks for a female and 5 drinks for a male within a period of 2 hours.
  • Binge drinking is a big problem for young people.
  • Too much alcohol in the bloodstream can cause a person to lose consciousness, go in a coma or die.
  • You cannot always tell how strong a drink is by its taste.
  • Even after a person's last drink, his or her alcohol level keeps rising.
  • Every year almost 600,000 young people are hurt in accidents while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Alcohol also increases impaired judgement, you are more likely to take risk such as:

    • Having unprotected sex
    • Violence
    • Falling
    • Driving Drunk

The information above was borrowed from: Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii Prevention Resource Center Fact Sheets; www.drugfreehawaii.org

Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency and can happen to 
anyone. See how it played a role in taking the life of a 15-year-old girl. 

Alcopops Fact Sheet

Underage Drinking Fact Sheet

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