Summary: The Harmful Effects Of Alcohol

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Approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year because of alcohol related incidents (Alcohol - Above the Influence). It is essential that alcohol is taken seriously. When used in the wrong way, alcohol can be extremely damaging to individuals at any age, and can cause many unwanted injuries and even deaths. Whether people realize it or not, alcohol can cause a great deal of negative effects.
Alcohol is a psychoactive drug, it alters attention emotion, judgement, memory, time sense, self control, and/or perception (Coon, Mitterer). It is a depressant, also known as a downer. Alcohol is briskly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine and travels to the bloodstream of the drinker (Volkow, Nora D). Being drunk puts individuals in a drug-altered state of consciousness (Coon, Mitterer). A well known side effect of drinking is a hangover. After an individual has consumed an excessive amount of alcohol, they may experience a hangover. Hangovers are common but do not always occur. They typically involve painful headaches, throwing up, feeling nauseated, and more.
Young adults sometimes feel that drinking is not extremely harmful considering it is highly, socially common. Year by year, college students engage themselves in drinking; abounding individuals feel the effect due to death, assault, sexual abuse, injury,
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Shortly after drinking, an individual may be prone to injuries, violence, or alcohol poisoning. One may also engage in unwanted activities, or actions he or she wouldn’t have done if sober. Long-term effects are also present when a person continuously drinks. Alcohol may cause mouth, throat, liver, colon, or other types of cancers. It can also cause mental health problems, like depression and anxiety, and social problems, like the loss of productivity, family issues, and unemployment. Long-term heavy drinking produces alcohol dependence, or alcoholism (Alcohol and Public

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