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MAlcohol and Its Effects Alcohol is a substance that has been used throughout the ages for many different reasons The first known traces of alcohol date back all the way to 4200 BC found in a pot in ancient Mesopotamia Coalition Alcoholic beverages have a long and sorted history with the United States banning them in the 1920s and then further striking down this prohibition in the 1930s Clearly alcohol has always been a part of society and has gained popular acceptance However alcohol can have many detrimental effects to the human body when not used properly or used in excess It can harm almost every major bodily organ is the greatest cause of liver disease and can even have negative effects on testes and ovaries which is sure to take the life out of any party NIAAA With these as well as the following facts in mind the reader may make a more informed decision about the use of alcohol To fully understand the effects of alcohol one must first understand exactly what alcohol is Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is a poisonous liquid which the body can deactivate large amounts of without succumbing to its lethal effects CESAR Ethanol can penetrate through any of the body tissue easily thus every part of the body is affected It is sometimes called a downer because the brain is no longer able to utilize all of its functions Alcohol is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and the rest is processed in the stomach Once the stomach has absorbed the rest of the alcohol a person will be at his peak intoxication for that amount of alcohol It may take anywhere from thirty to ninety minutes depending on the amount of alcohol to peak CESAR Alcohol is categorized as a depressant meaning it slows down reaction times as well as a persons natural reflexes All of the activity in
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