Alcohol Educational Pamphlet

The deadly consequences of alchohol

What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant that slows the function of a central nervous system as well as alters a persons perception, and general senses. These include emotions, sight, movement, and hearing. Little amounts of alcohol are proven to relax or make a person feel less anxious, however large consumption of alcohol creates intoxication, and in the long run, major health risks.

Alcohol and the effects on the brain

The brain is affected in two main manners, short term and long term. Short term side affects include intoxication, slurred speech, impaired vision, slowed reaction time, and impaired memory. The long term consequences however, can be deadly. Overtime the brain literary deteriorates and becomes small.

Alcohol and the Heart/liver

High blood pressure, strokes, coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmias are all consequences of the heart because of constant drinking. Some side affects seem harmless, but they are no minor issue, because they most times come in numbers. Simply meaning you are more susceptible to the other issues if you already other symptoms. The liver is also a main organ that is vitally injured during this overconsumption. The liver takes a huge hit and some main conditions that may develop are fatty liver, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. These could be life threatening and all cause great problems with the overall health.

Cancer and other health issues

Alcohol has been proven to cause over 4 cancers including, breast, mouth, esophagus, throat, and liver cancers. These are all deadly and can ruin a persons life. Along with cancer, extreme pancreatitis can cause inflammation of blood vessels preventing proper digestion. The immune system is also weakened, making the user more susceptible. This lack of immune system has been seen take affect within 24 hours of drinking a lot.

Why is it beneficial to quit and who can help

Not only is alcohol a health risk, it is also empty calories. The amount of calories can compare to foods like donuts, in which they do not have a nutritional value. Also by not drinking, you are less at risk for over 60 diseases and many cancers. Not only will it prevent diseases, the user will experience an increase in brain activity, essentially making them smarter. Alcohol is considered a depressant, so as expected most people who quit feel a better change in mood, becoming more optimistic about things. Many organizations are available in our society today, as well as many hotlines for deadly alcoholism. The people are only there to help, and they are the best available option today. One of the best options is the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center.