Alcohol- Why it is not a good idea.

By: Princess & Sidney

Is alcohol really addictive?

Alcohol is in fact VERY addictive and can be as damaging as drug abuse. When alcohol is consumed, the brain releases natural occurring "feel-good" epioids called endorphins that causes the drinker to feel pleasurable. This in turn causes addiction. Those whose brains release more natural opioids in response to alcohol get more pleasure out of drinking and are likely to become alcoholics.
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What effects can drinking have on your body?

The short term effects of drinking include: slurred speech, drowsiness, vomiting, headaches, breathing difficulties, distorted vision and hearing, decreased coordination, unconsciousness, blackouts, and an upset stomach.

Long term effects are more fatal and can result in more serious problems like: car crashes, firearm injuries, relationship problems, alcohol poisoning, heart and liver disease, nerve and brain damage, gastritis, and mouth and throat cancer.

More on Alcohol...

  • Women absorb alcohol into their bloodstreams faster and metabolize it slower than men.
  • Women develop alcoholic liver disease after drinking in shorter periods and lower levels than men.
  • A daily glass of wine adds 10 pounds per year.
  • Vomiting is the body's natural defense to absorbing more alcohol.
  • 77% of high school students have consumed alcohol by the end of high school.

Real stories on alcohol abuse:

"When I went to quit drinking, I realized that alcohol had taken to my body in such a way that I couldn’t stop. I would shake like I was going to break, I would start to sweat, I could not think until I had another drink. I could not function without it."


"My addiction built steadily and, before I realized it, I had become a morning as well as an afternoon drinker. I decided to stop drinking. I lay awake most of that night, and by noon the next day every bone in my body ached. In a blind panic, I nervously poured a glass full of gin, my hands shaking so violently that I spilled half the bottle. As I gulped it down, I could feel the agony gradually lessening. Then I finally knew the terrible truth: I was hooked. I couldn’t quit.”


"“I was really unhappy and just drank to escape my life. I went out less and less, so started losing friends. The more lonely I got, the more I drank. I was violent and out of control. I never knew what I was doing. I was ripping my family apart."


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