consumption by adults is commonly considered a socially acceptable practice, it should be remembered that
alcohol is a potentially lethal toxin.
is the most broadly toxic substance legally on the market for internal
consumption, and is far more toxic than many substances currently banned
or restricted by the FDA"6.
Alcohol toxicity can be classified as either acute (short term) or
chronic (long term).
alcohol toxicity occurs when large amounts of alcohol are consumed
within a short amount of time. While the liver has the ability to detoxify alcohol and other harmful
substances, if the rate of alcohol consumption exceeds the rate of
detoxification by the liver the excess alcohol causes intoxication. Alcohol
impairs the brain and as the concentration of alcohol increases in the
body it can cause depression,
respiratory arrest (you stop breathing), coma (you turn into a
vegetable) and finally, death.
Alcohol Use by Students, 2002
(Source: Monitoring the Future Study, The
University of Michigan)
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