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Consciousness and Alcohol Why do so many people drink Some do because they believe that it makes them more carefree and makes it easier to have a better time People often seem to be less shy and more outgoing after a few drinks But a few drinks can quickly turn into many Sometimes so many that the alcohol can effect your consciousness to the point where you may experience blackouts and may even kill yourself Alcohol has been around for at least 5000 years Overuse of alcohol is a major problem for 10 of Americans The focus of this study is to show what happens to your state of consciousness after a few too many drinks and the effects it has on your body and brain This paper will also discuss a story and interview of a girl named Emily name has been changed and how having a problem with alcohol has effected her behavior and day to day life Alcohol is absorbed quickly through the stomach and the gastrointestinal tract No digestion is required Absorption rates for alcohol depend on the amount and type of food in the stomach for example high protein and high fat foods decrease absorption rates and whether or not the beverage is carbonated The effects of alcohol may appear within 10 minutes after consumption and peak at approximately 40 to 60 minutes Alcohol remains in the bloodstream until the liver breaks it down If an individual consumes alcohol at a faster rate than it can be broken down by the liver the blood alcohol concentration level rises Since alcohol is a central nervous system CNS depressant and alcohol also depresses the breathing rate heart rate and the control mechanisms in the brain Alcohol is more dangerous than many people realize Even in small doses alcohol has an effect on the nervous system The effects on the nervous system may include impaired ability to perform
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