[2015] Jane Yao: Alcohol

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[2015] Jane Yao: Alcohol

We all most likely would’ve witnessed someone consuming alcohol or a form of alcohol and maybe even the effects of it. But what actually is alcohol? How is this addictive substance made to be… so addictive? The ingredients that are included is fermented fruits, veggies and grains, leaved to ferment to change the sugars and taste inside the mixed contents. This process is used for drinks with high alcohol content like vodka, wine, gin, etc. Alcohol is also a depressant drug (slowing things down and makes your reflexes, thinking, etc. less accurate) that is dangerous when you drink it distilled (nothing added, pure alcohol).

Studies also show that men usually take in more alcohol than women do, so this might be the reasoning why mens’ alcohol limit per day is rated higher than women's (mens’ reasonable amount of alcohol limit: 3 drinks/day. Womens’ reasonable amount of alcohol limit: 2 drinks/day).

What is alcohol actually made for? Usually alcohol is used for enjoyment by regular people (don’t necessarily include doctors or physicians) although some types of alcohol (ethanol alcohol, rubbing alcohol, wood alcohol, etc.) are used for medical purposes. Things like alcohol swabs or hand sanitizer are all examples of other purposes (cleaning scrapes and other minor damage towards your body) besides consuming it. With these examples, you’ll see that alcohol isn’t only used just to get a bit dizzy or take away the stress and issues the consumer is dealing with but for important purposes as well. Alcohol is also used in beers, liquors, rum, and other drinks too.

About 80% of canadians consume alcohol from beer, most of which are usually 15-24 (+15). Perhaps you may think that you wouldn’t drink until quite a long time has past, or even doubt yourself drinking at all. Yet 55% of grades 7-12 students questioned admits that they have consumed alcohol in the past year.

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-Poisoning from large amount of alcohol taken at once-Acts of violence that can be unintended-Aching in different places -These effects can take place at different times depending on your body weight, gender, etc. -Sick to the stomach if you drink on an empty one-Injuries (possibly due to blackouts or unsteadiness between large doses of alcohol)-Illnesses (different depending on how much alcohol is consumed and how often you drink)-Memory and speech issues

-Larger risk of different types of cancers-Larger risk of high blood pressure, stroke, other issues and awful problems with the heart- Likely to get involved with harmful diseases like liver disease (alcohol can harm the liver and other organs)-Serious conditions like pancreatitis, low birthweight, epilepsy, etc.-Effects all five senses and your thinking (how you deal with problems, how you respond, the way you see things, etc.)-Changes who you are and your personality-Effects the nervous system and cause issues towards that area

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The law for which age you’re aloud to drink at is different for any other place in the world, and even in Canada the laws are different for some of the provinces. The legal drinking age, is that you have to be 19 years or older, although Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec’s drinking age is 18 or over. If you break these laws and get caught , there will be serious consequences involving police, fines and possibly jail depending on the situation. Furthermore, in Ontario, you aren’t permitted to sell or buy any alcohol under the age of 19. Whoever is responsible for giving the customer the drink can also be held responsible and have huge consequences as well.Some other consequences that can impact your life and what kind of lifestyle you have, is if you have an addiction to alcohol or if you consistently have hangover. If you have an important job and you aren’t working effectively, you could be laid-off leaving you with no money, lose friends and create tons of issues with school and your grades.

If you are strongly addicted to alcohol but you wish to stop consuming it, you may be doing the right thing for your health and safety, but what if you just… can’t stop? Some of the things that you can do to get the same relief or feeling from the alcohol is doing some kind of physical activity. Since most people drink out of frustration, anger or sadness to get relieved or relaxed, you can do things like yoga, taking a walk or other activities. You can also take a pill or other medications (like naltrexone) if you are recently recovering from alcohol addiction to slow down your bodies needs for alcohol after a reasonable amount of time (still giving you the effect but not to be taken regularly).

-RCMP victim services program can help you with dealing with alcohol addiction and how to overcome it-National Office for Victims also helps with victims of any sorts. Trying to show the everyone these issues and spreading awareness so people can help donate or any other way. -Centre of Youth Crime Prevention can also assist you is you’re worried about any social problems you will have because of any crime or problems of violence because of drinking. -Treatment from CAMH which is a canadian program to help with addiction with alcohol or drugs- Ontario Drug and Alcohol Helpline available 24/7 is a line that you can call if you need help and you wish to be anonymous. You can also call to receive assistance or help that you wouldn’t want to involve adults in if you don’t want to.

-Don’t drink when:-Driving or using any machinery-Taking meds-Taking on dangerous physical activity-Having mental or any physical problems with your body or brain-If you’re pregnant or going to be-Making life threatening or important decisions (for your job, yourself, etc.)-Drink water with or after drinking alcohol because alcohol dehydrates you-Take note of your gender, weight and how much alcohol your body can take before drinking

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