What is Alcohol?
Alcohol is a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent. Beer, Wine, Champagne,Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Tequila, Etc., all are examples of alcohol.
What Does Alcohol Look Like?
Alcohol is always in liquid form. Depending on what type of alcohol it is, the color is different or transparent but it is always a liquid.
How is Alcohol Consumed?
Alcohol is consumed orally just as any other beverage.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as "alcohol dependence," is a disease that includes four symptoms:
Cravings, which is a strong need or compulsion to drink. Loss of control, which is the inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.
Physical dependence, which includes with-drawl symptoms such as nausea, sweating, and anxiety when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking. And lastly, tolerance, which is the need to drink greater amounts in order to get the same "high."
Problems such as liver disease, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and pancreatitis often develop more gradually and may become evident only after a few years of heavy drinking over a long period of time. About to percent of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver. Heavy drinking over a long period of time increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and some kinds of stroke. Also, heavy drinking increases the risk of certain forms of cancer, especially cancer of the esophagus, mouth, throat, and larynx (voice box). Long term heavy drinking can also lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas.
Alcohol and Pregnancy
Drinking alcohol while you are pregnant can cause a range of birth defects, and children exposed to alcohol before birth can have lifelong learning and behavioral problems. The most serious problem that can be caused by drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Children with FAS have severe physical, mental, and behavioral problems.
What Is Alcohol Abuse?
Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control of physical dependence. Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking that results in failure to fulfill work, school, or home responsibilities; drinking in situations that are physically dangerous such as driving a car; having recurring school related legal problems such as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for physical hurting someone while drunk,
What Does Alcohol Do To Me?
Heavy drinking can increase the risk for certain cancers, especially those of the liver, esophagus, throat, and larynx. Drinking s\alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts. it also can damage every organ in your body since it is directly absorbed into your bloodstream.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse