Alcohol

Drug awareness assignment

alcohol


Brief Description: An addictive depressant which enters the bloodstream and acts on the central nervous system.


Street Names: Booze

Effects: In large doses it causes slurred speech, disturbed sleep, nausea, and vomiting. Alcohol, even at low doses, significantly impairs judgment and motor functions

what does alcohol do to the body?


The Alcohol enters the bloodstream through the stomach and intestine. Once in the bloodstream, it is carried to other parts of the body quite quickly. In fact, it reaches the brain almost immediately. Alcohol stays in the body until it is broken down by the liver and eventually leaves the body through breath, sweat and urine.

how old should you be to drink?

19 years old in Ontario by law

Impaired driving

Impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


  • lose your licence
  • have your vehicle impounded
  • need to pay an administrative monetary penalty
  • need to attend an education or treatment program
  • be fined upon conviction
  • be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • spend time in jail

If your BAC tests in the Warn Range (0.05 - 0.08):

Consequences for driving in the Warn Range.

Number of instancesConsequences

First time

  • 3-day roadside licence suspension
    (cannot be appealed)
  • $150 administrative monetary penalty


Second time (within 5 years)

  • 7-day roadside licence suspension
    (cannot be appealed)
  • Mandatory alcohol education program
  • $150 administrative monetary penalty


Third and subsequent times (within 5 years)

  • 30-day roadside licence suspension
    (cannot be appealed)
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment program
  • Six-month ignition interlock
  • $150 administrative monetary penalty

Penalties for impaired driving convictions.


Number of instances

Penalties



First time

  • Mandatory alcohol education or treatment program
  • 1 year minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device
  • No minimum jail sentence
  • $1,000 fine
  • Licence suspended for 1 year*



Second time

  • Mandatory alcohol education or treatment program
  • 3 year minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device
  • 30-day minimum jail sentence
  • Fine amount at the discretion of the judge
  • Licence suspended for 3 years



Third and subsequent times

  • Mandatory alcohol education or treatment program
  • Lifetime minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device
  • 120-day minimum jail sentence
  • Fine amount at the discretion of the judge
  • Lifetime licence suspension (can be reduced to 10 years if certain conditions are met)

who shouldn't use alcohol

  • People under the legal age limit of 19 years old. Drinking is harmful for teens because their brains are still developing throughout adolescence and well into young adulthood. Drinking during this critical developmental period can lead to lifelong impairments in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills, and coordination.

  • People with certain health problems, such as liver disease or certain psychiatric illnesses.

  • Women who are pregnant.

  • People who are operating vehicles such as automobiles, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles or bicycles

drinking habits


• one alcoholic drink sets off a craving
• obsess about the next drinking opportunity
• display personality changes and/or compromise morals when intoxicated
• repeat unwanted drinking patterns and behaviors

addiction

Experienced drinkers are those who tend to drink more often and they generally develop a tolerance for alcohol. This means that the effects they once felt after a drink or two, are not felt until they drink a larger amount of alcohol. Far from being a good thing, tolerance is a warning sign for addiction.

You may be addicted to alcohol if: you’re not in control of how much, and when, you drink; or you need to drink just to be able to function in life; or if you continue to drink despite seeing that your drinking causes problems.

Also, there is a genetic predisposition to alcohol addiction, which means that you’re at greater risk for addiction if someone in your family is addicted.

who should'nt use alcohol

  • People under the legal age limit of 19 years old. Drinking is harmful for teens because their brains are still developing throughout adolescence and well into young adulthood. Drinking during this critical developmental period can lead to lifelong impairments in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills, and coordination.

  • People with certain health problems, such as liver disease or certain psychiatric illnesses.

  • Women who are pregnant.

  • People who are operating vehicles such as automobiles, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles or bicycles.
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