Alcohol What is it?
Alcohol is the most commonly used and widely abused psychoactive drug
in the country.
does it look like?
Alcohol is used in liquid form.
are the street names/slang terms for it?
is it used?
Alcohol is drunk. Types include beer, wine and liquor.
are the short-term effects?
When a person drinks alcohol, the alcohol is absorbed by the stomach,
enters the bloodstream, and goes to all the tissues. The effects are dependent
on a variety of factors, including a person's size, weight, age, and sex,
as well as the amount of food and alcohol consumed. Other effects of moderate
alcohol intake include dizziness and talkativeness; the immediate effects
of a larger amount of alcohol include slurred speech, disturbed sleep,
and vomiting. It will also at low doses, significantly impair the judgement
and coordination required to safely drive a car. Hangovers are another
possible effect after large amounts of alcohol consumption and a hangover
consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue.
are its long-term effects?
Prolonged heavy use of alcohol can lead to addiction (alcoholism). Sudden
cessation of long term, extensive alcohol intake is likely to produce
withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations
and convulsions. Long-term effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol,
especially when combined with poor nutrition can lead to permanent damage
to vital organs such as the brain and liver. In addition, mothers who
drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol
syndrome. These infants may suffer from mental retardation and other irreversible
physical abnormalities. In addition, research indicates that children
of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other children of becoming
is its federal classification?
Alcohol is a legal purchased product for adults.