By: Claudia Melchor

History of Alcohol

In the United States in 2007, the death toll from teenage

drunk-driving accidents was 1,393—nearly four fatalities every day of the year. There are different kinds of alcohol. Ethyl alcohol, the only alcohol used in beverages, is produced by the fermentation of grains and fruits. Alcohol overdose causes even more severe depressant effects inability to feel pain, toxicity where the body vomits the poison, and finally unconsciousness or, worse, coma or death from severe toxic overdose.

What is Alcohol?

An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethyl alcohol which is commonly referred to as ethanol.

In small doses, alcohol leaves people feeling relaxed and pleasantly happy. At higher doses, alcohol can cause decreased awareness, judgement, coordination and vision. At very high levels, it can lead to loss of motor function, unconsciousness, depressed respiration and even death.

How do you use it?

Alcohol is either consumed directly from its commercial container, or it is mixed with other fluids.

Long / short terms effects / Street names

Long terms effects:

-Liver damage and cirrhosis of the liver


-Brain cells die

-Decreasing brain mass

-Disrupts normal brain development

Short terms:

-Slow reaction time

-Slower brain activity

-Poor concentration

Street names:






Important facts c;

-Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream via small blood vessels in the walls of the stomach and small intestine.


Teens who start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after the legal age of 21.


The three leading causes of death for 15 to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides – alcohol is a leading factor in all three.


Nearly 10 million young people, ages 12 to 20, reported that they’ve consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.