Name: Thomas Wheagar
Class: ESOL 1260-3
Instruct: M. Larson
Date: Nov. 20, 2012
The Effects of Alcohol on the Human Body
Alcohol is part of our culture. It helps us celebrate and socialize and it also enriches our religious ceremonies. But too much alcohol consumption on a single day or over a long period of time can have serious consequences on our health. On the hand, knowing how much alcohol percentage in a single drink can help you determine how much alcohol you are drinking and understand the risks.
However, 12 fluid ounces of beer(about 5% alcohol), 8 to 9 fluid ounces of malt liquor(about 7% alcohol), 5 fluid ounces of table wine(about 12% alcohol), and 1.5 fluid ounces of hard liquor(about 40% alcohol). Expert believe low risk drinking levels for men are no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. For women, low risk drinking levels are no more than three drinks on any single day and no more than seven drinks per week. (www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body)
Alcohol affects the Central Nervous System by causing depression. High level of alcohol on the Central Nervous System can result into coma or early death. Binge drinking can cause blackouts, memory loss and anxiety. Long-term drinking can result in permanent brain damage, serious mental health problems and alcohol dependence or alcoholism. Alcohol affects the parts of your brain that control judgment, concentration, coordination, behavior and emotions. If you are binge drinking, you may be at greater risk of: becoming a victim of crime, e.g. rape, domestic violence, mugging or assault; you will also be involved in antisocial or criminal behavior, e.g. fights, vandalism or theft; having an accident, e.g. a road accident, fall, accident at work or accidental fire; losing your job, e.g. repeated absence or poor performance.
The consumption of alcohol over a long period of time can damage the liver by eventually scarring of the liver. (....