Alcohol- Why it can ruin your life

Facts on alcohol, what it is, and what it does to your body

Getting the Facts

The legal age for people to drink in the United States is 21, but according to The National Center on Addiction Substance Abuse, almost 80% of all teens in high school have had alcohol. Deciding to drink is our choice, and considering it affects our bodies, I suggest you make an educated choice.

Short term effects

One short term effect of alcohol is a hangover. Some physical symptoms of a hangover include fatigue, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, redness of the eyes, muscle aches, and thirst. Some signs of increased sympathetic nervous system activity can accompany a hangover, including increased systolic blood pressure, rapid heart beat, also know as tachycardia, tremor, and sweating. Mental symptoms include dizziness; a sense that the room is spinning, also known as vertigo, and possible cognitive and mood disturbances, especially depression, anxiety, and irritability. I don't know about you, but I don't think I want alcohol giving me a hangover, or anything else for that matter!

Long-term effects that can change your whole life

One long term effect that will definitely change your whole life is death. Alcohol effects your reflexes and thinking, so you will think that going for a drive after drinking will be a good idea, and while driving with slowed reflexes, you will most likely get into a car accident. Other long-term effects include nerve damage, permanent damage to the brain, liver disease, and many other effects that can and will change your life.

Alcohol Help Center

This alcohol help center provides help to those who need it. They speak to you about getting out of the habits of drinking alcohol, and they help you. The two phone numbers and the web address are listed below.

Peter Violano ; 6C ODD