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Social Issues Oral Presentation Intro For my social issues project I picked teen alcoholism I picked teen alcoholism because almost all my friends and people I know drink and because drinking is a major growing issue in the world today since it causes 43 of all car cashes in the US at this time and rising In this presentation I will be covering what alcohol is and where it all began What it does to your body and eye site How alcohol is popular among teens and why they do it How it can have an effect on your children later in life How advertisement effects the young And I will be showing a brief segment of a video and showing some graphs and data Where did alcohol come from Alcoholic beverages have been used since the dawn of civilization and is the most widely used psychoactive drug known to man Chemically known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol it can be produced synthetically or naturally by fermenting fruit grains or vegetables When the Arabs introduced the process of distillation into Europe in the middle ages the alchemists believed that alcohol was thought to be the long-sought elixir of life as indicated in the term whiskey which in Gaelic is usqubaugh meaning water of life Obviously today the social value of alcohol is much lower Now what is alcohol Alcohol is classified in one of three categories of stimulants depressants or psychedelics Alcohol is classified as a depressant Alcohol produces some of its effects by depressing various brain functions and is also a local anesthetic chemical solvent and an irritant Many of alcohols side effects are due to these actions rather than the sedative effect of the agent Alcohol is found in many different alcoholic beverages and in many non-prescription and prescription medicines Alcohol in low doses causes suppression of inhibitory centers and produces apparent stimulation while impairment of abstract thinking
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