Death in a Bottle

By ~ Cassie Gaethke

What is Alcohol?

According to an article on teen heart “Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system” (5). That means it reduces the ability to think reason ability, and it makes it so they don’t have that good of judgment. Some effects that are more severe are not able to feel pain, blackouts, overdose, death, unconsciousness, alcohol poisoning, or being in a coma. This all depends on many different objectives like how much you've consumed in a short period of time. There are many different types of alcohol but Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is the only type of alcohol that is used in beverages.


Benefits

Surprisingly, there are some benefits to drinking alcohol. It has been used medically throughout history. It can help reduce heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia, and many major cancers. According to many data collections “People who abstain from drinking have a higher risk of having a stroke than people who do drink” (4). Which means people that drink have less a chance of having a stroke than people who don’t.

Negative Effects

There are many negative affects of drinking alcohol even in moderation. When you ask people why they drink they may say that it makes them feel good or happy, but alcohol is really a depressant. Also, they may say it quenches their thirst, when it really dehydrates you, and it causes you to have a hangover the next day. Teens Health said “Some reasons that teens use alcohol and other drugs are because of curiosity, to feel good, reduce stress, relax, fit in, and to feel older”(9). Reasons of alcohol use could be caused by peer pressure.

The number one killer of teens in the U.S involves alcohol-related car crashes. Alcoholism can be genetic. Alcohol can slur your speech; make you lose your sense of balance and distance, make you see double, make bad decisions like driving, violent behaviors, unwanted pregnancy, diseases, or rape. You can have loss of balance and coordination too, and it will age and damage the brain. Besides those effects, drinking can cause poor grades and loss of freedom because you could become grounded by your parents/guardians, lose your driver’s license, get a ticket, or end up in jail. Also, you can only sober up with time, not by drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, exercising, or breathing fresh air.


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