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Dear Readers, 

Alcohol is a very serious subject. People die, because of choices they make – because of choices other people make. A stranger could kill you tomorrow. Your neighbor could kill your child or your child’s teacher next week. In a month, you could be in jail. Any of this, and much more, can happen because of the improper use of alcohol. Innocent babies are put in cars with drunk mothers or family members for years, not knowing or being able to stand up for themselves. If by some miracle they make it until their teens, they are at higher risk of abusing alcohol themselves. High schoolers watch their classmates drink themselves into a deep hole because of home issues or a relationship that didn’t work out. This has to stop. Please, please, talk to your kids, parents, family members, and friends. Don’t be stupid. This is your life, and if you don’t care about your life well great, that’s your prerogative, but don’t screw up or end someone elses by drinking and driving, or drinking and fighting, or drinking and forgetting to lock your gun case, or pick up your kids, or turn off the stove. Just THINK before you act. People will help you. There is always a better way. You just have to give life a chance to present it, and you have to be willing to look for it. Please, just think. Thank you. 

  

What exactly is alcohol?

Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented, a process that uses yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol. Alcohol has different forms and can be used as a cleaner or antiseptic; however the kind of alcohol that people drink is ethanol, which is a sedative. When alcohol is consumed, it’s absorbed into a person’s bloodstream. From there, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all body functions. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. 

What are the basic risks?

Difficulty walking / Blurred vision / Slurred speech / Slowed reaction times / Impaired memory and blackouts / Mental confusion / Paralysis of the nerves that move the eyes / Difficulty with muscle coordination / Persistent learning and memory problems / Liver disease / Unintentional injuries / HIV risk due to impaired judgment 

Alcohol poisoning, which includes the following: Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused / Vomiting / Seizures / Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute) / Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths) / Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness / Heart beats irregularly or stops / Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar), which leads to seizures / Untreated severe dehydration from vomiting, which can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death 

Facts:

 

  1. In 2006, more than 19% of drivers ages 16 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking alcohol.
    Source: Dept of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2006: Alcohol-Impaired Driving. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2008 [cited 2008 Oct 22]. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810801.PDF
  2. Of the 1,746 traffic fatalities among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2006, about one out of every six (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
    Source: Dept of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2006: Alcohol-Impaired Driving. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2008 [cited 2008 Oct 22]. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810801.PDF
  3. The younger you are when you start drinking, the greater your chance of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in your life. More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.
    Source: NIAAA; Underage Drinking: A Major Public Health Challenge, 2003
  4. People who use both alcohol and drugs also are at risk for dangerous interactions between these substances. For example, a person who uses alcohol with depressants, whether these drugs are prescribed or taken illegally, is at increased risk of fatal poisoning.
    Source: NIAAA Alcohol Alert: ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS, 2008
  5. Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause, nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, loss of coordination.
    Source: NIAAA. Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines, 2007
  6. Some medications — including many painkillers and cough, cold, and allergy remedies—contains more than one ingredient that can react with alcohol.
    Source: NIAAA. Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines, 2007
  7. Depending on the type of medication, mixing with alcohol can cause: increased risk for overdose, fainting, changes in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, liver damage, stomach bleeding, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, increased risk of seizures, death.
    Source: NIAAA. Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines, 2007
  8. Combing alcohol with anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications can cause: increased risk of overdose, increased feelings of depression or hopelessness, and suicide in adolescents.
    Source: NIAAA. Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines, 2007
  9. Alcohol is a depressant.
    Source: http://www.drugfree.org/portal/drug_guide/alcohol
  10. Busy & Living Pretty is against drunk driving, underage drinking, and alcohol abuse.

Amazing & Helpful Sources:

 http://www.abovetheinfluence.com 

 http://alcoholfacts.org/ 

http://kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/alcohol/alcohol.html 

http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ 

http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/ 

  

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Another one from The Frisky…

David McCandless at Information Is Beautiful put together this handy charticle based on the most common autofills when you type “How do I get my boyfriend to…” and “How do I get my girlfriend to…” into Google. The results are certainly interesting. Hey, maybe if she shaves, he’ll propose, and if she blows him, he’ll last longer in bed. Just a thought. [The Gloss]

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