Facts about Alcohol

  1. Alcohol is a depressant that comes from organic sources including grapes, grains and berries, when fermented or are distilled into a liquid.

  2. The active component of any alcoholic drink is ethanol.

  3. Alcohol kills more youth than all other drugs combined. It is a factor in the three 
      leading causes of death among 15-to 24- year-olds: accidents, homicides and suicides.
    
  4. Youth who drink are 7.5 times more likely to use other illegal drugs and fifty times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink

  5. A young person’s body cannot cope with alcohol the same way an adult’s can.
    
  6. Drinking while young can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it 
      relates to memory, motor skills (ability to move) and coordination.
    
  7.  Poisoning occurs when a person drinks a large quantity of alcohol in a short amount of 
       time. 
    

Long Term Effects of Alcohol

  1. Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning
    
  2. Intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence
    
  3. Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity
    
  4. Increased family problems, broken relationships
    
  5. Alcohol poisoning
  6. High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases
  7. Liver disease
  8. Nerve damage
  9. Sexual problems
  10. Permanent damage to the brain
    
  11. Ulcers
  12. Gastritis (inflammation of stomach walls) 12 Malnutrition 13 Cancer of the mouth and throat