ALCOHOL ABUSE HAS CONSEQUENCES

“Almost 2,000 people under 21 years of age die each year in car crashes in which underage drinking is involved. Alcohol is involved in nearly half of all violent deaths involving teens.”

 

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/alcohol_abuse_and_alcoholism/article.htm#alcohol_use_disorder_facts

 

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Remember, the Dangers of Alcohol are Worse Than You Think!

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You know that alcohol can be bad for you, but do you really know the dangers associated with alcohol abuse? You may have heard about the side effects in a drug awareness class or seminar at school, but it never hurts to remind yourself about the sometimes deadly consequences of alcohol abuse. Remember, the dangers of alcohol are probably worse than you think they are!

Here is an excellent article with some reminders:

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And in case you need a reminder right this minute, here are some of the deadly and averse effects drinkers can experience when consuming alcohol:

  • Devastating diseases including heart disease, liver disease, and digestive diseases
  • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, liver, and colon
  • Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety
  • Memory and learning problems
  • Drinkers are at greater risk for unwise sexual behavior, injuries, accidents, violence, and isolation from friends and family

Alcohol is no joke. It’s not “the life of the party”. It’s a ticking time bomb waiting to cause major problems in your life. Most teens don’t know how to or choose not to “imbibe responsibly”. They usually binge drink at parties or overindulge in general. Because teens’ brains and bodies are still developing, the consequences of abusing alcohol can be devastating to overall health and aging.

RETHINK THE DRINK.

It’s okay to not drink alcohol.

It’s okay to respect your body and the law.

We’re here to support you.

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Health Spotlight: Alcohol Poisoning

What exactly is alcohol poisoning? Why is it a big deal? Today’s Health Spotlight is going to shed some light on this subject.

Alcohol Poisoning // A serious and sometimes deadly consequence of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and the body’s gag reflex can all be affected which can lead to coma or death.

Because alcohol depresses many of the body’s natural processes, it can cause breathing to slow down. Alcohol can irritate the stomach, causing the drinker to vomit. If too much alcohol has been consumed and breathing and gag reflex are hindered, the person can aspirate on their own vomit, causing them to choke and die.

When a person is suffering from alcohol poisoning, the BAC (blood alcohol content) is toxic and poisonous to the body. The drinker’s liver cannot properly process all the alcohol being consumed (due to the large amount in such a short period of time), so the extra ends up traveling through the drinker’s blood stream, causing the negative bodily effects outlined above.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning //

1. Confusion

2. Hypothermia (the drinker’s body temperature drops rapidly)

3. Pale, bluish skin

4. Drinker is unresponsive, but conscious

5. Drinker passes out

6. Very slow breathing

7 Vomiting

Extreme Signs //

8. Heart attack

9. Aspiration of vomit

10. Seizures (due to rapidly dropping blood glucose levels)

11. Breathing may stop altogether

12. Extreme dehydration

As you can tell from these signs, alcohol poisoning is nothing to play around with and it can be hard to tell if a drinker is merely drunk or is suffering from early stages of alcohol poisoning.

If you suspect that one of your friends is suffering from any of these symptoms, immediately call for emergency medical help and have them taken to the hospital. Alcohol poisoning CAN and DOES lead to death in most cases if left untreated.

Helpful Sources // Mayo Clinic / Medical News Today /