World Around Us
September 15th, 2014 32th Issue By Julia Hetherington
Topic of The Week
Tempted for a Taste
How to stop it?
Though the answer is simple, it will probably be hard to carry out. The simplest way to not feel pressured when a drink is offered by friends, is to just say 'no'. This will make them know you aren't comfortable. You could also leave the supposed friend group, which would be a permanent and safe 'no' to alcohol.
How to stop it?
First off, if it's parents causing this stress, tell them. This might lessen the pressure on you, and help understand that they should lessen off. However, if it is school stress, telling your teachers and finding relaxing time might be the solution to ease off.
•No parents around.
•Someone (underage) has alcohol and isn't being secretive about it.
•Alcohol at a party.
•When studying with stress, alone.
Why People Drink
To Look Cool
To Enjoy Taste
To Be Able To Talk To The Opposite Gender
To Gain Confidence
To Get Drunk
To Lose Inhibitions
Because It's Offered
To Look Mature
No matter what, a good way to help stop temptations is to tell your parents. Communication is key.
Short Term Effects
•Distorted vision and hearing
•Decreased judgement and coordination
•Loss of blood cells
•BlackoutsSome other effects of a depressant drug:
Long Term Effects
•Unintentional injuries like car crashes, falls, burns, drowning
•intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence
•Increased on-the-job injuries, loss of productivity
•Increased family problems, broken relationship
•High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases
•Permeant damage to the brain
•Cancer of the mouth and throat from repetitive vomiting
The worst long term effect, however, is:
Anemia is the unusual low count of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. This could lead to lightheadedness, fatigue, and short breath.
Cirrhoses is bad for the liver, because alcohol is toxic to liver cells. If the liver becomes too damaged, it will be unable to function. This physical problem can strike randomly, but it's common for heavy addicts. However this doesn't necessarily mean all addicts get this. Some heavy drinkers never get cirrhosis, and some light drinkers get it too.
Heavy drinkers can receive seizures, and can also bring on epilepsy.
Acid crystals in the joints can cause extreme pain and stiffness. If in toes it will deem one person to be in severe agony to even walk.
•A long term physical effect shakes. Shakes are violent shakes of the body after the body has been deprived from alcohol for too long.
Other physical dangers are:
A disease that addicts get which shrinks certain parts of the brain, and this results in memory loss and other symptoms.
•Alcohol takes longer to break down, which leads to sleep influences sleep patterns. This causes the mind not to work to it's full potential, and also lowers energy levels.
•There is a loss of inhibitions and mind set rules that are taken away, which can lead to social problems.
•Alcohol can isolate you from the community. Addiction with alcohol means all you want to do is drink, blackout, pass out, wake up, drink, blackout, pass out, wake up, drink, black out, pass out, and so on. This leads to isolation from the community.
•It could also separate you from your family.
It can cause car crashes if you're drunk driving, which can lead to minor to severe injury to everyone around you.
It leads yourself vulnerable to rape.
It can cause black outs where you could harm someone.
If you are underage, you can get in trouble with the law.
Cause fires accidentally.
Hitting a pedestrian while drunk driving.
You could be robbed.
And, in extreme cases, murder. Be murdered yourself while in your drunken state, or murder while you are under the spell of alcohol.
Some of these scenarios can lead you to jail. So, an ultimate ending to most of these scenarios:
Would you want to be the drunk driver? Don't drink and drive.
Alcohol Percentage In These Drinks
Beer 2–6% alcohol
Cider 4–8% alcohol
Wine 8–20% alcohol
Tequila 40% alcohol
Rum 40% or more alcohol
Brandy 40% or more alcohol
Gin 40–47% alcohol
Whiskey 40–50% alcohol
Vodka 40–50% alcohol
Liqueurs 15–60% alcohol
But how much is a drink? A drink is one an of beer, one glass of wine, and one shot of liqueur.
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