Alcohol (Drugs: The Straight Facts)
Heather Lehr Wagner
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Alcohol surrounds us. It is so much a part of our daily lives that we may not even notice how frequently we are exposed to it directly or indirectly. Beer commercials interrupt our favorite television programs; advertisements for wine pop up in the magazines we read. Billboards promoting a particular brand of liquor are plastered around our sports stadiums. In some states, beer and wine are sold in grocery stores and 24-hour convenience markets next to snacks and soft drinks.
Alcohol plays an important role in many elebrations. Champagne is used to toast a bride and groom at their wedding. Family parties may feature beer and wine. New Year’s Eve parties offer the opportunity to mark the end of one year and the beginning of another with a drink in your hand.
Alcohol also has a significance in many ceremonies. In some religions, wine plays a symbolic role in certain sacred holidays and celebrations. In some cultures, wine and beer are regularly consumed as part of the family meal and a dinner is considered incomplete without this important element.
With all of these different customs and functions, alcohol presents a complex picture. It is important to remember that alcohol is a drug—a drug that can prove addictive and that alters the way your brain functions.
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under way that focuses on the possible treatment of alcohol dependence with medications. Since 1995, scientists have focused on the development of new drugs to treat alcoholism — drugs that focus on the molecular level of the brain processes that promote and maintain addiction. Studies have shown that the multiple chemical messenger systems in the brain, called neurotransmitter systems, are involved in cases of problem drinking. Treatment options involving medication focus on these different
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described, you might see that a person with a BAC of 100 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood would be described as having a BAC of 0.10 percent. At what point does it become difficult for your body to function? It depends on how much alcohol you consume, whether or not you had food in your stomach, how much you weigh, and also how quickly you drink the alcohol. The faster the alcohol races through your body, the more likely your body is to find it difficult to function normally. Your body begins