Health Alcohol Test

Alcohol In America
-the average age for a first real
drink is currently 12 years old
-4.6 million Americans age 11-17 are problems
-Alcohol is the fourth largest health problem in
the us
Moderate Drinking
-a person may experience
flushing dizziness, dulling of senses, sudden mood
changes, and unconsciousness.
-Blood Alcohol Content
-the amount of alcohol content in a persons blood
-alcoholic can be someone who periodically
Mixed Drinks
-Mask the taste of alcohol, deceiving people into thinking they are not drinking as much due to the presence of other flavors. People may be attracted to the taste of the drink and use that as an excuse
to have extra alcohol instead of taking the step to order a virgin drink.
Long Island Iced Tea, MudSlide, Daiquiris,
-Alcohol is one of the most commonly used and abused
drugs by people of all ages and backgrounds.
-Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating substance in
beer wine and liquor. alcohol is produced by the
fermentation process, in which certain yeasts
convert fruit, sugar and grain into ethyl alcohol.
-refers to the percentage of pure alcohol in a
beverage .
-The distillation process involved in the
production of liquor results to the higher alcohol
Reaction Time
-Is the time it takes for to body to act after a
stimulus has Ben received or an instruction sent
from the brain.because of impairment of
judgement,you think it takes less Time to
react,when usually it takes longer.

you do not care whether conduct is
proper or safe -take unnessecary
chances.Inhibitions decrease.

Self Control
-The ability to control and direct ones actions and
-Alcohol can blur self control and leads to dangerous actions.
Vision with Alcohol
-blurred, double vision may occur, loss depth
perception (the ability to evaluate distance) lessens
lateral perception
Speech with Alcohol
-inability to mentally control what you say
Muscle Coordination with Alcohol
-loss of balance because
impulses to muscles are interfered
-may have problems occur while completing simplest of taks
Physical Tolerance of Alcohol
-the users brain and nervous system
have become less sensitive to alcohols effect.
-Some people may find that a 6-pack of beer is
nessecary to achieve the same feelings they once
obtained drinking only 2 or 3 beers.
Physical Dependence on Alcohol
-characterized by increased
tolerance,which requires greater doses of the drug in
order to achieve the same effect.when a person is
physically dependent on alcohol,withdrawal symptoms
appear if the drug is discontinued
Alcohol at Events
-a variety of influences affect decisions about
attending events where alcohol is served.
-most people who use alcohol at these events plan to
drink moderately
-most people do not plan
Important Questions When Coordinating Events
-what kind of events you got to
Where the events are held
-who will do the driving
-who will go there with u
-how to get there
-what to do once there
Alcohol is a Depressant
-it decreases heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism,
and body temperature.
Drinking Alcohol to Increase Body Temperature
-alcohol lowers body temperature
because alcohol causes blood vessels
to enlarge,which allows more blood
flow to skin,carrying heat with
it,which gives th deceptive feeling of
warmth.As blood is directed from the
internal body to the surface,th
internal body temperature is lowered.
-awareness of ones
-At first senses are numbed or
dulled.when alcohol level in blood
reaches a point of being a total
anesthetic ,you loss consciousness.
Effect on Central Nervous System
-automatic nerve control for breathing and heartbeat.
-When the level gets bad, CNS is affected.
-If alcohol slows these controls enough, the heart becomes uneven and breathing stops → death by alcohol poisoning
Alcohol Poisoning
-Death as a result of alcohol consumption that leads to uneven heart beat and terminates breathing
Determining Factors For People to Drink (Least to Greatest)
-Social Environment
~Deciding to go to an event where drinking would
occur: encouragement or prospect of friends
~Deciding how to get to the event: room in car or
driver wanted company / group

~Deciding wether to go to an event where drinking
occur: desire to go to be with friends family
~Deciding on wether or not to drink: to relax, to feel affects
of alcohol, to achieve a mood.
~Deciding to stay: feeling effects of alcohol,
boredom, fatigue, desire to go home.

~prom night, graduation, or birthday prompted drinking as celebration

~ free, lots of alcohol available
~expense of alternate transportation availability

~Usual Behavior
~Decisions based on habit (used to driving home, not thinking about alcohol)

Involuntary Regurgitation
-potentially life threatening situation for a person who has
consumed too much alcohol
-because the alcohol cannot escape from the stomach
the lining becomes irritated and the person vomits.
-rids the body of much of the alcohol, and prevents acute
alcohol intoxication
-an unconscious person however could easily choke / asphyxiate
on higher own vomit.
-Importance is to be placed on person
who passes out, don’t let sleep or bring to hospital immediately
Acute Alcohol Intoxication
-Seek emergency help when the person who has been
drinking heavily:
~cannot be awaken
~weak, rapid pulse
~blue, pail skin
Long term Effects
Woman who drink during pregnancy risk giving birth to
an infant with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a disorder that
causes heart malformation, joint problems, growth
deficiencies and mental retardation. Fetal Alcohol Effect
which includes all the conditions of FAS but to a lesser
Prolonged heavy drinking is related to cancers of the Stomach,
mouth, tongue, and esophagus. Indirectly alcohol is involved in
about 43 of homicides and almost B OF all suicides. Finally
about 50% of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related as
are many fires, falls, and other mishaps
Treatment for Alcohol Dependence
-Although most young people do not use drugs they may be
greatly effected by someone else’s drug-using behaviors.
-Professional help is often necessary for both the drug-user
and family members and friends affected.
Levels of Dependency
There are several aspects of drug dependence, including:
-physical dependence
-psychological dependence
Alcoholism is the State of being physically dependent
on the alcohol drug
-increased tolerance over time
-withdrawal Syndrome
-strong desire to continue drinking
is almost always present
Alcohol Abuse
-Alcohol Abuse or problem drinking refers to difficulties
in daily living due to drinking too much. These difficulties
may include problems in relationship, academics, job, legal.

-physical dependence may or may not be present.

-refers to the need to use more of a given drug to achieve the same feeling
Physical Dependence
-when body needs the drug to be able to function
Psychological Depends
-user relies on the drug for emotional well being
-user convinced they need drug to function
-occurs when someone is physiologically , or physically reliant on a drug and stops using
-includes physical and physiological symptoms
Types of Drinkers
-social drinker
-problem drinker
Social Drinker
typically drink slowly and know when to stop drinking.
They do not drink to get drunk. Social drinkers also:
-eat before or while drinking
-never drive after drinking
-respect non drinkers
-know and obey laws related to drinking
Problem Drinkers
drink to get drunk and/or often to try to solve problems
by drinking. They also frequently:
-experience changes in personality and mood
-drink when they should not (before driving/going to work or school)
-cause problems to others by harming self, friends/family, or strangers
spend a lot of time thinking about drinking and landing where
to get the next drink. There is a progression from social drinker to
alcoholics that usually takes several years, although for reason not yet
understood young people appear to move through the stages more rapidly.
Alcoholics may:
-keep bottles hidden.
-drink without conscious plan
-lose awareness of amount consumed.
-deny drinking/drink alone
-need to drink before facing stress.
-may have “blackouts”, cannot remember what they did while drinking
-go from having hangovers to more dangerous withdrawal symptoms
-have or cause major problems within the family, with school and
friends,mans with the police
Defense Mechanisms
Minimization and rationalization
Minimization Examples
-I only drink on weekends; you only have a problem if you drink
-I never miss class, no matter how much I drank
-Now if I drank Doug, then I would have a real drinking problem
Alcoholism in Family
Alcoholism runs in families and children of alcoholics are 4 times more likely to become alcoholics. Young people may feel guilty, mistakenly believing that they are the main cause of a parent’s drinking. Teenagers worry constantly about the situation at home (will the parent become sick or injured and they will have to now take care of younger siblings?) and are faced with challenges (emotional state of alcoholic parent, loss of regular daily schedule). Adolescents can benefit greatly from educational programs for children of alcoholics, such as Al-Anon and Alateen.
Rationalization Example
-My grandfather drinks like a fish and he’s never been sick in his life
-I’m not hurting anyone else, so back off
-Everyone in my family uses alcohol this way
Many people used to believe that drug users had to hit “rock
bottom” (lose everything) before they could be convinced to seek help.
Most, however, can be persuaded to enter some form of treatment, i.e.

Involves setting up a meeting with someone he or she has a strong
connection with. Documentation of irresponsibility should be shown to them. The more people involved and the more documentation presented,
the less likely it is that they can make excuses, rationalize, or lie about
their actions.

Treatment Choices
A process that prevents alters of interrupts the progression of alcoholic dependency.

Some of them may be used alone or in cooperation with others.

Medical Treatment
Overseen by a medical personnel. Includes detoxification which involves weaning the patient off the drug while minimizing withdrawal symptoms and controlling possible seizures . Complete physical exams at the beginning of this process allow physicians to attend to physical ailments such as lover and kidney problems.
Inpatient and Outpatient Programs
are offered by license medical and psychological which provide a combination of individual, group, and family therapy. Attention is also paid to managing or recurrence of the drug-taking behavior.
Therapeutic Communities
Involve a live-in residential arrangement, whereby support is provided by paraprofessional a who are former addicts. Sometimes known as halfway houses, the settings may be necessary when the danger of relapse is particularly high. Like many inpatient and outpatient programs, therapeutic communities are often affiliated with community mental health centers.
Twelve-Step Programs
Such as Alcoholics Anonymous use a voluntary support group format to help recovering addicts. Member meet regularly to assist others to remain drug free. AA and similar programs including narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous, are often employed as an adjunct to professional treatment programs. Because alcohol abuse effects so many more lives than other drugs, support groups for apposed and teenagers of alcoholics have a,so been founded to hell these persons cope with the alcohol abuser.
Employee Assistance Programs
are offered by many employers. Employers have a strong interest in intervening drug use. Drug-dependent employees are less productive and more likely to injure themselves and others. Their need for coverage may drive up health care costs. The threat of losing ones job/status/ability to support family is a powerful motivator for many people to re-examine their behavior and seek help.
Student assistance program
May be available in your community. If your school had this program, invite the teacher or counselor in charge of the program to talk about it to the class, these programs seek to identify and Akeem with any students who are considered at exceptionally high risk for involvement with drugs.
Pharmacological Approaches
Are now available to support all the listed treatment formats. Various psychoactive drugs may be prescribed by facilitate the counseling process, relieve depression, and prevent relapse. Development more than fifty years ago, Antabuse interacts with alcohol to produce headaches, nausea, and vomiting whenever the alcoholic drinks. In 1995, however, a new drug called “Nalterexone” was approved by FDA. Nalterexone reduces the craving for alcohol as well as the pleasurable sensations usually experiences when drinking.