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    • The Effects of Alcohol Stephanie Riley EDU 290 Section: 11:00-12:15
    • Absorption
      • Alcohol is absorbed through the stomach and the small intestines.
      • Considered a food because it has calories, but does not need to be digested and proceeds directly into the body through the digestive system
      • After ingestion it is carried through the blood stream and crosses the blood–brain barrier, at which time impairment begins.
      • A greater amount of ingestion causes greater impairment to the brain, which, in turn, causes a person to have a greater degree of difficulty in functioning.
    • Metabolism/Elimination
      • The majority of alcohol in the body is eliminated by the liver.
      • Ninety percent is eliminated through the body
      • Ten percent is eliminated (unchanged) through sweat and urine.
    • Facts about Alcohol
      • Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant.
      • Alcohol is among the most abused drugs in our society.
      • Alcohol can be as potent as many other illegal drugs.
      • Alcohol can cause severe damage to a developing fetus.
      • People often do not realize that they are becoming dependent on alcohol.
    • Short term effects
      • Reduces sensitivity to pain.
      • Narrows the visual field, reduces resistance to glare, interferes with the ability to differentiate intensities of light, and lessens sensitivity to colors.
    • Long Term Effects
      • Damage to vital organs; including liver, heart and pancreas.
      • Several medical conditions can occur including:
        • gastro intestinal problems, malnutrition, high blood pressure, and lower resistance to disease. Also linked to several types of cancer; including esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas and colon.
    • Factors Influencing Blood Alcohol Concentrations
      • Weight
      • Gender
      • Food in Stomach
      • Duration of Administration
      • Dosage
    • Alcohol Charts for Men & Women
      • http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/alcohol.htm
    • Alcohol and the Human Body
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipF8iSpLfz8&feature=related
    • Citations
      • All information on the power point was taken from the website: http://www.padui.org/effect.htm