The Effects Of Alcohol On The Teen Brain

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Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented. Fermentation is used for many different items. Such as, cheese to medication. Alcohol has different uses of cleaner, an antiseptic, or a sedative. So if alcohol is a bad thing, why are teens so concerned about drinking it? Why, because it absorbs in your bloodstream. From there, it affects the nervous systems such as the brain and the spinal cords, which controls all body functions. Because experts now know that the human brain is still developing during our teens, scientists are researching the effects drinking alcohol can have on the teen brain.
Alcohol is a depressant; it slows down the nervous system. Alcohol blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. It affects a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. Sometimes alcohol can help people who have overused alcohol may stagger, lose their coordination, and slur their speech. They will probably be confused and disoriented. A person release stress, depressant, and less anxious. More alcohol causes greater changes in the brain, resulting in drunkenness. Sometimes drinking can make you very friendly and talkative or very aggressive or angry. People’s reactions times are slowed dramatically which is why people are told not to drink and drive. When people drink, they think they move properly, but they really don’t. People, who drink, sometimes will act like a different person. When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a small amount of time, alcohol poisoning can affect your body system. If you drink a large amount of alcohol, most likely you’ll get alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol can make you very sleepy, unconscious, hard to breathe, low blood sugar, seizures, and also can cause death. Even though alcohol is illegal for teens under the age of twenty-one, most teens can get access to it. It’s your decision to drink or not to drink. In some possibilities, drinking alcohol can become additive. Teens that drink put them at risk can cause problems with the law. Teens that drink also more likely to get into fights and commit crimes than those who don't drink alcohol. People who drink regularly also often has problems with school. Drinking can damage a student's ability to study well. The impression is that drinking is cool, but the nervous system changes that come from drinking alcohol can make people do stupid or embarrassing things, like throwing up or peeing on themselves. Drinking also gives people bad breath, and no one enjoys a hangover. Teens that drink are more likely to be sexually active and to have unsafe, unprotected sex. Resulting pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases can change or even end lives. The risk of injuring yourself, maybe even death or disaster, is higher when you're under the influence, too. One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide.
Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their nondrinking peers. People who continue