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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Both Drug and Alcohol abuse seems to be a big problem in our world today with the idea that some kind of substance is needed to have fun Its mostly in the teenage and young adult years that drug abuse begins and most older addicts started when they were young In this paper i am going to go over a few widly used drugs their ingredients uses and effects Alcohol Alcohol the most widley abused drug In todays world alcohol is not often thought of as a drug - largely because its use is common for both religious and social purposes in most parts of the world It is a drug nonetheless and drinking in excess has become one of modern societys most serious and pandemic problems Beverage alcohol C2H5OH known chemically as ethyl alcohol or ethanol can be produced by fermenting and distilling a number of different fruits vegetables or grains The ethyl alcohol itself is a clear colorless liquid Alcoholic beverages get their distinctive colors from the diluents additives and by-products of fermentation Background Alcohol has been produced by humans for over 12000 years It has been speculated that many ancient farming efforts were undertaken not so much for the food they would yield but rather to create the raw materials for alcohol production Alcohol has impacted every society since caveman times in one way or another Some have used it in worship rituals some in social customs some have had widespread social problems with alcohol and some have banned it altogether Usage Alcohol takes on one of three general forms beer wine or distilled liquor The standard servings of 1 oz of liquor 6 oz of wine or 12 oz of beer all contain roughly the same amount of alcohol 10-14 grams of ethyl alcohol Effects
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