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Alcohol Essay, Research Paper Alcohol Alcohol is a widely used substance for both science and in technology. Its name comes from an Arabic word al-kuhl meaning ” a powder for painting the eyes”. The term was later applied to all compounds that contain alcoholic spirits. To most people alcohol is considerd a downer that reduces activity in the nervous system. Some of the things alcohol effects you is, the alcohol intoxicated person exhibits lose muscle tone, loss of fine moter coordination,and often has a staggering “drunken” gait. The eyes may appear somewhat “glossy” and pupils may be slow to respond to stimulus. At high doses pupils may become constricted. At intoxing doses, alcohol can decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and respiration rate, and result

in decreased reflex and slower reaction times. Skin may be cool to touch but to the user may feel warm or normal, profuse sweating may accompany alcohol use. Loose muscle tone, lose of fine motor coordination,odor of alcohol on the breath,and a stagging “drunken”gait. The effects of alcohol intoxication are greatly influenced by individual variations among users. Some users may become intoxicated at a much lower Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level that I am about to show you. Along with drinking their are different levels to it: 0.02-0.03 BAC: No loss of coorination,slight euphoria and loss of shyness. Depressant effects are not apparent. 0.04-0.06 BAC: Feeling of well-being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, sensation of warmth. Some minor impairment of reasoning and

memory, lowering of caution. 0.07-0.09 BAC: Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. Judgement and self-control are reduced, and caution, reason and memory are impaired. 0.10-1.125 BAC: Signficant impairment of moter coordination and loss of good judgement. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision,reaction time and hearing will be impaired. (It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle at this level of intoxication.) 0.13-0.15 BAC: Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. BLurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reduced and dysphoria beginning to appear. 0.16-0.20 BAC: Dysphoria (anxiety,restlessness) predominates, nausea may appear. The drinker has the appearance of a “sloppy drunk.” 0.25 BAC: Needs assistance in walking;

total mental confusion. Dysphoia with nausea and some vomiting. 0.30 BAC: Loss of consciousness. 0.40 BAC and up: Onset of coma,possible death due to respiratory arrest. WHAT IS CONSIDERED A DRINK: A drink that contains a half-ounce of alcohol or more. The amount you would problibly find in a 12 ounce can of beer, 4 ounce glass of table wine, 1 ounce shot of 100% destilled spirits such as whiskey or vodka. Generally this is the amount of alcohol a person can metabolize in about an hour. But of course it also depends on other stuff. The way to see the amount of alcohol in someone is the Blood Alcohol Content. The Blood Alcohol Content is measured in milligrams percent. For example, a BAC of 10 means that one-tenth of 1% of your total blood content is alcohol.This means that a BAC

of 0.5 and below may give you a little buzz;a BAC of .50 or greater may cause death. Blood Alcohol Content depends on two things size,the bigger you are the more blood you have to delute the alcohol, and it also depends on how fast you drink it, the faster you drink the more your BAC goes up because your body doesn’t have as long to delute the alcohol. BINGE DRINKING Drinking a lot of something at one time is not really good for your system, no matter what it is. Bringe drinking is drinking to get drunk, it is what a lot of college people do. Drinking at least five drinks all in one sitting. When they do this the side effects become more serious: vomiting, dizziness, impaired mental capabilities,and hangovers. Those are only short term reactions, others things that binge