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Alcohol is liquid distilled product of fermented fruits grains and vegetables used as solvent antiseptic and sedative moderate potential for abuse Possible effects are intoxication sensory alteration andor anxiety reduction Symptoms of overdose staggering odor of alcohol on breath loss of coordination slurred speech dilated pupils fetal alcohol syndrome in babies andor nerve and liver damage Withdrawal Syndrome is first sweating tremors then altered perception followed by psychosis fear and finally auditory hallucinations Indications of possible mis-use are confusion disorientation loss of motor nerve control convulsions shock shallow respiration involuntary defecation drowsiness respiratory depression and possible death Alcohol is also known as Booze Juice Brew Vino Sauce You probably know why alcohol is abused some reasons are relaxation sociability and cheap high But did you know that alcohol is a depressant that decreases the responses of the central nervous system Excessive drinking can cause liver damage and psychotic behavior As little as two beers or drinks can impair coordination and thinking Alcohol is often used by substance abusers to enhance the effects of other drugs Alcohol continues to be the most frequently abused substance among young adults HERE ARE SOME STRAIGHT FACTS ABOUT ALCOHOL Alcohol abuse is a pattern of problem drinking that results in health consequences social problems or both However alcohol dependence or alcoholism refers to a disease that is characterized by abnormal alcohol-seeking behavior that leads to impaired control over drinking Short-term effects of alcohol use include -Distorted vision hearing and coordination -Altered perceptions and emotions -Impaired judgment -Bad breath hangovers Long-term effects of heavy alcohol use include -Loss of appetite -Vitamin deficiencies -Stomach ailments -Skin problems -Sexual impotence -Liver damage -Heart and central nervous system damage -Memory loss Here are some quick clues to know if I or someone close has a drinking problem -Inability to control drinking--it seems that regardless of what you decide beforehand you frequently wind up drunk -Using alcohol to escape problems
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