Most people that consume alcohol drink responsibly and in moderation but unfortunately not everyone does. Alcohol is one of the most commonly used substances in the world but it's also one of the most abused substances in the United States and not only by legal aged adults, underage drinking is a major concern nationwide.
Alcohol is a depressant and when consumed gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the stomach and small intestine very quickly. Alcohol has an effect on every single organ in the body and can harm a developing fetus. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy poses serious dangers to the unborn infant so there's no amount that's safe when a woman is pregnant.
The more knowledge and understanding we have about alcohol consumption the easier it is to make better choices and drink responsibly. Hopefully the information listed below will make a person think before they drink and avoid the serious risks associated with irresponsible and dangerous alcohol consumption.
Alcohol Consumption Facts and Safety Tips for Drinking Responsibly
Not only is it illegal to drink alcohol under the age of 21 in the U.S., it's also the most commonly used and abused substance among our youth. Drinking alcohol during adolescents poses many serious dangers to a youth including the risk of developing dependence later on in life.
Adults may drink more often than teenagers do, but young people tend to consume larger amounts at a time. An adolescent's brain continues to develop into their twenties and drinking alcohol during this time can affect the brain's development.
Did you know that if you like mixed drinks you can become intoxicated faster if you combine the alcohol with a diet beverage? It's true, diet drinks are sugar and calorie free so nothing is getting digested into the stomach which causes the alcohol to be absorbed into the bloodstream quicker according to a fox2now report. Choose a beverage that contains sugar in your mixed drink because that's the ingredient that slows the absorption of alcohol down.
It's important not to drink on an empty stomach either for the same reasons. Having food on your stomach will slow down the absorption of alcohol, and it's always good practice to consume food along with your drink. Consuming food or mixing alcohol with a beverage that contains sugar doesn't prevent intoxication but the alcohol won't get absorbed into the bloodstream as rapidly.
Alcohol poisoning is also referred to as alcohol intoxication and alcohol overdose. Consuming too much alcohol in a short period of time causes alcohol poisoning and sadly is responsible for hundreds of deaths in the United States every year. This includes all alcohol beverages, not just hard liquor. Not everyone survives from alcohol poisoning but some of those that do experience brain damage that's irreversible.
Although binge drinking can lead to addiction, most binge drinkers aren't dependent on alcohol. In the U.S., binge drinking is the most common form of alcohol consumption among college students and many young and older adults. Binge drinking is described as consuming enough alcohol in just about two hours that the blood alcohol level reaches 0.08g/dL according NIH.
Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning very fast depending on how much alcohol is consumed in a short period of time. There's also serious health problems associated with binge drinking or any form of heavy alcohol use. Excessive use of alcohol can cause high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, liver damage, pancreatitis, various forms of cancer and psychological disorders.
Most people think the definition of an alcoholic is someone that drinks every day but this isn't true either. It doesn't matter how often a person consumes alcohol, alcoholism is associated with the inability to control drinking once a person starts.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption: Drinking in moderation means; no more than one drink a day for a woman and no more than two drinks a day for a man. A standard drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, or 8 ounces of malt liquor, or five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor or distilled spirits.
Drink Responsibly: Understandably there are going to be times when a legal aged adult is going to consume more than the moderate levels above but they can still drink responsibly and have an enjoyable safe time.
Before consuming alcohol check with your physician first if you're taking any medications, this goes for prescription drugs and over the counter medicines too. Many different types of medications should never be mixed with alcohol and can lead to serious health complications or even death if they're combined.
If you know you're going to drink alcohol have food on your stomach first and if possible snack while you're drinking.
Alternate your alcoholic beverage with water or a nonalcoholic drink because this will help to decrease the amount of alcohol you consume.
Drink slowly and stay aware of how much alcohol you're consuming, it's easy to lose track when you're having a good time. Most people know their limit be responsible and safe. Stop drinking, eat something and drink water or other nonalcoholic beverages for the remainder of the time, you can still enjoy yourself.
Don't let your drink out of your sight and never take a drink of any kind from someone you don't know and trust. Many men and women have had their drinks tampered with by someone at a club, bar, at a party or other social gathering for the purpose of theft or sexual assault.
Never drink and drive or get in a vehicle when leaving with someone else that has been. Use a designated driver you've chosen ahead of time or call a taxi cab.