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  • Alcohol

    Alcohol is a drinkable substance that has ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and typically produced by fermenting grains and fruits. Alcohol acts as a depressant, meaning that it can suppress or slow down parts of the brain that control important bodily functions, such as breathing.

    12 fl oz. of Regular Beer

    about 5% alcohol

    =

    8-9 fl oz. of Malt Liquor

    about 7% alcohol

    =

    5 fl oz. of Table Wine

    about 12% alcohol

    =

    1.5 fl oz. shot of 80-proof distilled spirits (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey, etc.)

    40% alcohol

    The percent of "pure" alcohol, expressed here as alcohol by volume (alc/vol), varies by beverage.

    Your body, particularly your liver, can only process a certain amount of alcohol at a given time. Your liver can process one standard drink, which is a unit of measurement used to define how much “pure” alcohol is in a beverage, per hour. Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time raises your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) quickly and dramatically increases the chances of experiencing serious consequences.

    High-risk drinking, also known as “binge drinking,” is defined as 4 or more drinks for women or 5 or more drinks for men in about a 2 hour time span. This type of drinking greatly increases the risk of alcohol poisoning, car crashes, drunk driving arrests, sexual assault, and injuries.

    Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

    Alcohol consumption has different effects on the body depending on the size, weight, and sex of a person as well as the amount of alcohol consumed in a given time period. The chart below gives a general description of what happens to your body when you reach a certain blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

    BACPhysical Effect
    0.02%Relaxed
    0.04%Relaxation continues; Buzz develops
    0.06%Cognitive judgement is impaired
    0.08%Nausea can appear; Motor coordination is impaired
    0.10%Clear deterioration in cognitive judgement and motor coordination
    0.15% - 0.25%Blackouts
    0.25% - 0.35%Pass out; Lose consciousness; Risk of death
    0.35% - 0.45%Lethal dose

    Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

    1. Person is passed out or unresponsive and cannot be awakened.
    2. Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
    3. Breathing is slow or irregular, with 10 seconds or more between breaths.
    4. Vomiting while "sleeping" or passed out, and not waking after vomiting.
    5. Unable to stand or walk without help.
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