The Effects Of Alcohol On The Body 's Central Nervous System

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Alcohol is a liquid substance which people drink to have a good time and loosen up. It is a sedative-hypnotic drug that slows down the workings of the body’s central nervous system. Most alcohol is poisonous, however the body can tolerate ethyl alcohol, which is the same stuff that goes in hand sanitizer. Ethyl alcohol on it’s own isn’t much of a drink, that is why it’s mixed with other things to make it into beer, wine or spirits. To make these drinks the main ingredients are mixed with water, air and yeast and left to ferment. Beer has the lowest alcohol content at around 4 - 5%, followed by wine with a 12% alcohol content (fortified wines like sherry and port are around 18%). Spirits have the highest alcohol content of 40% and above. Statistics show that over 80% of New Zealanders over the age of 15 drink alcohol, with one in five having a potentially hazardous drinking problem. Each year New Zealanders spend approx $5 billion per year on purchasing alcohol. As alcohol is so easily accessible and Many people drink copious amounts of alcohol at a time (six or more standard drinks) just for the purpose of getting drunk. This is called binge drinking, it is common in young adults who at parties just want to get drunk, as it makes them feel happier and more confident. New Zealand is known for their drinking culture, especially at Otago University where students have parties on the streets. However binge drinking can have many negative impacts, it can lead to people becoming
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