The Truth about Alcohol

Tampa, FL (PressExposure) August 06, 2009 -- There is a lot of talk about drugs in the world – on the streets, at school, on the Internet and TV. But what about alcohol? Is it really a drug? After all, it is legal, it is a part of social life and is even recommended by some doctors as healthy in small quantities.

In surveys conducted by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, alcohol came up at the top of the list of substances youth said they are most likely to use and they consider as a problem. Because it takes so many young lives (more than all other drugs combined), it is the substance parents are the most worried about.

Alcohol is a drug.

It is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions – resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and inability to react quickly.

As for how it affects the mind, it is best understood as a drug that reduces a person’s ability to think rationally and distorts his or her judgment.

Although classified as a depressant, the amount of alcohol consumed determines the type of effect. Most people drink for the stimulant effect, such as a beer or a glass of wine taken to “loosen up”. But if a person consumes more than the body can handle, they then experience alcohol’s depressant effect. They start to feel “stupid” or lose coordination and control.

There are different kinds of alcohol. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the only alcohol used in beverages, is produced by the fermentation of grains and fruits. Fermenting is a chemical process whereby yeast acts upon certain ingredients in the food, creating alcohol.

In the United States in 2007, the death toll from teenage drunk-driving accidents was 1,393 – nearly four fatalities every day of the year.

Alcohol kills more teenagers 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.

For most people, these are only statistics – shocking, perhaps, but only statistics. But for the families and friends of those who die as a result of a teenage drinking and driving, each number represents a tragic loss.

People under the influence of alcohol readily admit their reaction time is slower than when not drinking, and they take many chances they would never take when sober. Too often those chances are fatal.

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And for the person with a drug problem, there are also real solutions to addiction. Narconon, a drug rehabilitation program that utilizes the methods of L. Ron Hubbard, has a success rate of more than 75%. (

About Foundation for a Drug-Free World

We are a nonprofit public benefit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California that makes available educational materials in dozens of languages across 125 countries so youth and adults can make informed decisions to be drug-free. Through our international drug prevention network we work with youth, parents, educators, volunteer organizations and government agencies, providing information, advice and coordination. In short, we work with anyone interested in helping people lead lives free from drug abuse.

Through a worldwide network of volunteers 50 million educational handouts have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 60 countries and Truth About Drugs educational films have been aired on some 180 TV stations and in more than 170 public venues. These materials and activities have enabled people around the world to learn the destructive effects of drugs and decide for themselves not to use them.

The Foundation's materials are widely credited with significantly reducing drug use among school-age youth.

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Press Release Submitted On: August 06, 2009 at 11:45 am
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