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Every day we see the effects of the drink drunk people Staggering slurring spitting and vomiting What is this evil hemlock Whether Beer wine or liquor they all have the potential for disaster Pure ethyl alcohol ETOH is odorless colorless and tasteless Alcohol is one of the most enigmatic products we consume today in fact it has been with us since the Stone Age The Bible alludes to Noahs getting drunk it was a staple on the Mayflower as it crossed the Atlantic to America Grandfathers share their beer with toddlers sitting on their knees while mothers tell their children to wait until theyre of legal age before they drink By some its considered the devils brew yet others use it in sacred ritual It has survived temperance movements in Italy Germany England and the United States It has been used as a thirst quencher to relieve hunger as a medication and as a mind-altering drug Today the brew plagues a very susceptible audience college students According to Dr Henry Wechsler principal investigator in the Harvard study of college drinking 44 percent of all undergraduates in the United States binge drink--a rate that has been fairly constant for almost 20 years It also found that 23 percent of the men and 17 percent of the women were frequent binge drinkers--downing a bunch of drinks three or more times in two weeksCollege Alcohol Study Harvard School of public Health To understand the true basic nature of the issue it is first necessary to define the issue Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for a man at any one time within a two-week period four or more drinks for a womanACPA This definition doesnt mean getting falling-down drunk says Dr Henry Wechsler instead having five drinks in a row indicates problems associated with drinking Whats more he found that few students who consume five often continue to drink six or
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