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  • 1. Alcohol By: Kaitlynn H. Period 5 Mr. Gammill
  • 2. Alcohol Abuse
    • Parental alcohol abuse may be associated with the physical or sexual abuse of children.
    • The experience of being abused as a child may increase a person’s risk for alcohol-related problems as an adult.
    • May lead to antisocial behavior; and psychological problems.
  • 3. Short-term effects of alcohol
    • Chemicals affect mucosal lining, tongue, gums, and throat
    • Brain becomes less able to control the body
    • Alcohol causes the heart to beat faster and the blood vessels to widen
  • 4. Alcohol content of beverages
    • Beer 5% alcohol
    • Wine 12-15% alcohol
    • Vodka or whiskey 40% alcohol
  • 5. Alcohol and the individual
    • Speed. Drinking a lot in a short amount of time causes the alcohol to remain in the bloodstream longer
    • Quantity. The metabolism of alcohol takes place at a fairly constant rate
    • Food. A person who has eaten recently has food in the stomach, this slows down the passing of alcohol into the blood stream
  • 6. Alcohol and the individual… continued
    • Weight. A lighter person feels the affects of alcohol sooner than a heavier person
    • Gender. Generally, females have more body fat and less water than males. This means the alcohol moves into the bloodstream faster with females
    • Mood. A drinker who starts off depressed usually finishes off more depressed
  • 7. Blood alcohol concentration
    • The amount of alcohol in a person’s blood is expressed by a person’s percentage called blood alcohol concentration (bac)
    • The person’s b.a.c. depends on the amount of alcohol consumed, body weight.
  • 8. Fetal alcohol syndrome
    • A woman who drinks alcohol while pregnant may cause permanent damage to her developing baby. The baby maybe born with fetal alcohol syndrome or f.a.s.
  • 9. Fetal alcohol syndrome continued
    • Babies born with f.a.s. suffer from a group of alcohol-related birth defects that may include both physical and mental problems. They may have learning difficulties and behavior problems.
  • 10. Tragedy of f.a.s .
    • The tragedy of f.a.s. is that the unborn baby has no control over what enters its body. Even small amounts of alcohol may be harmful, the safe decision for a pregnant woman is not to drink any alcoholic beverages. F.a.s. is entirely preventable.