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Alcohol is the intoxicating part of beer wine and liquors-the part that causes drunkenness It is formed during fermentation the process that creates the alcohlolicbeverage When sugars from the fruits or grains are combined with yeast and water alcohol results Alcohol is a drug and like all drugs it has an effect on a persons body and mind Because drinking alcoholic beverages makes some people feel more alive and more outgoing alcohol is sometimes seen as a stimulant But in fact it is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system of which the brain is a part Small amounts of alcohol can affect a persons coordination and judgment Drinking a large amount of alcohol at one time can even cause death Alcohol is estimated to be contributing factor in 20-30 of all accidents In fatal car accidents involving young men after 10pm it is a contributory factor in 60 of these cases About 30 of all drowning are estimated to be alcohol related This proportion may rise to 50 between the ages 20-30 Alcohol is also a poisonous It must be broken down and removed from the body However it leaves behind toxins or poisons that can cause health problems and contribute to serious diseases Beer contains the least amount of alcohol about 3-6 Wine is 8-14 percent alcohol Distilled spirits have a much higher alcoholic content The alcoholic content of gin scotch vodka whiskey rum and bourbon is about 40 When alcohol enters the body this is what happens Within 20 minutes of entering the stomach as much as 20 of the alcohol in a drink is absorbed into the bloodstream The rest remains in the stomach where it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices Large amounts of alcohol entering an empty stomach can irritate the gastric lining and cause the stomach to become inflamed From the stomach the alcohol passes into the small intestine Here the rest of it is absorbed
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