Alcohol Consumption : The Effects Of Alcohol On The Body

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Alcohol Consumption:
The Effects of Alcohol on the Body
Thamara Jean-Jacques
Professor: Nina Walker
Biology 115
October 17, 2015
Lithonia Campus

Abstract
Drinking alcohol for a period of time or even binge drinking cause harm your heart. Alcohol increases the risk for heart attack, strokes, and hypertension. In 2013, a total of 71,713 people died of liver disease the ages ranged from 12 and older. Alcohol has also been known to affect the pancreas, large amounts of alcohol can confuse the pancreas causing it to secrete enzymes into the small intestines, which causes inflammation of the pancreas called Pancreatitis. It is a known fact that alcohol affects the liver but can also spread to the kidneys. Alcohol puts a strain on the body which increases the amount of urine the body produces. The kidneys are not able to distribute sodium, potassium and chloride ions, this also leads to high blood pressure.
Alcohol substance abuse is not only a serious issue for adults, but also for adolescents ranging from 12 to 17 years of age. In 2013, research shows that 2.9 million adolescents consume alcoholic beverages and 1.6 million are binge drinkers and 293.000 reported to be heavy drinkers. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) have reported that in 2013, an estimated 21.6 million individuals aged 12 or older have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Over 76 million people are currently affected by alcohol use disorders.

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