What Is Alcohol?

Bottles of Alcohol
Bottles of Liquor

Alcohol is a drink that contains ethyl alcohol or ethanol, created by fermenting sugars and is usually made from plants including rice, barley, hops, grains and fruits. The alcohol content of drinks varies significantly, depending on the type of drink, but usually ranges from 5% to upwards of 50%.

What Are The Effects?

Low Doses

  • Feelings of relaxation
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Increased sociability

Moderate Doses

  • Impared judgement
  • Decreased motor skills
  • Shortened attention spans

High Doses

  • Loss of memory (blacking out)
  • Lethargy, confusion and stupor
  • Unconsciousness
  • Loss of bodily functions, including bladder, breathing and ability to maintain an airway

What Is The Dosage?

A "standard" drink is defined as 12oz of beer, 5oz of wine or 1.5oz of liquor, and is metablized through the system in about an hour. How a standard drink affects different people will range from person to person and depend on your body weight, tolerance, stomach contents, and other other factors. Because of this, some days you may become "drunk" faster than others, or faster than you typically get drunk.

Safer Usage Tips

  • Never operate any kind of machinery while drinking
  • Have a designated driver, operating a car while drunk is a serious offense.
  • Drinking alcohol while pregnant may affect your unborn baby

What Else Should I Know?

  • Mixing alcohol and GHB can be fatal, always wait until you are completely sober before switching

Additional Resources

  • Alcohol [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol]
  • Alcohol [http://www.dancesafe.org/documents/druginfo/alcohol.php]

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