Essay on Alcohol

1193 Words Jul 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Michael Anzilotti
The Effects of Alcohol & Future Decision Making Through my Alcohol Awareness class, I learned some valuable information in statistics, such as Scientists once believed that human brains reached their maximum growth in childhood; however, recent research indicates that brain development continues until about age
25. The Consumption of alcohol during the adolescent years can affect brain development and may result in long-term negative effects. Alcohol can interfere with adolescents’ ability to form new, lasting, and explicit memories of facts and events. Additionally, I learned that the pharmacological effects of alcohol and other chemical substances most immediately interfere with optimal brain functioning. Continued
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Alcohol poisoning can occur when a person drinks a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. About 50,000 people suffer from alcohol poisoning each year, and some die as a result. One of the most dangerous causes of alcohol poisoning is binge drinking, or imbibing five or more drinks in a short period of time. Teens and college students, most of whom are first-time or inexperienced drinkers, are most likely to binge drink. Lastly some of the mental disorders incurred by underage drinking include increased risk for chronic alcohol addiction and other alcohol problems in later life. The American Psychiatric Association, established two diagnoses of alcohol use disorders: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In addition to these health risks, underage drinking puts people in serious physical risk. This risk often comes in the form of drunk driving and can have a dramatic and irreversible effect on the lives of those involved. I learned that since adolescents and young adults are the least experienced drivers on the road, when they consume alcohol, which impairs their judgment and coordination and makes them more likely to take risks, they cause crashes. In 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,051 drivers ages 16–20 were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes. Of those, 19 percent (951) had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal adult limit of 0.08. During my Alcohol Awareness class I saw

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