Alcohol (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

Alcohol (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

Heather Lehr Wagner

Language: English

Pages: 104

ISBN: B00Y2SGVT0

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Alcohol surrounds us. It is so much a part of our daily lives that we may not even notice how frequently we are exposed to it directly or indirectly. Beer commercials interrupt our favorite television programs; advertisements for wine pop up in the magazines we read. Billboards promoting a particular brand of liquor are plastered around our sports stadiums. In some states, beer and wine are sold in grocery stores and 24-hour convenience markets next to snacks and soft drinks.

Alcohol plays an important role in many elebrations. Champagne is used to toast a bride and groom at their wedding. Family parties may feature beer and wine. New Year’s Eve parties offer the opportunity to mark the end of one year and the beginning of another with a drink in your hand.

Alcohol also has a significance in many ceremonies. In some religions, wine plays a symbolic role in certain sacred holidays and celebrations. In some cultures, wine and beer are regularly consumed as part of the family meal and a dinner is considered incomplete without this important element.

With all of these different customs and functions, alcohol presents a complex picture. It is important to remember that alcohol is a drug—a drug that can prove addictive and that alters the way your brain functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it is related to the French diet as a whole — a diet rich in fruits and fresh vegetables, many of which may also contain flavonoids and other antioxidants. Other researchers also point out the differences in lifestyle that may contribute to an increased or decreased risk of developing heart disease. In France, the average work week is generally shorter than in the United States, and the vacation time employers offer is generally much more generous. More time is devoted to food preparation and

another with a drink in your hand. Alcohol also has a significance in many ceremonies. In some religions, wine plays a symbolic role in certain sacred holidays and celebrations. In some cultures, wine and beer are regularly consumed as part of the family meal and a dinner is considered incomplete without this important element. With all of these different customs and functions, alcohol presents a complex picture. It is important to remember that alcohol is a drug — a drug that can prove

another with a drink in your hand. Alcohol also has a significance in many ceremonies. In some religions, wine plays a symbolic role in certain sacred holidays and celebrations. In some cultures, wine and beer are regularly consumed as part of the family meal and a dinner is considered incomplete without this important element. With all of these different customs and functions, alcohol presents a complex picture. It is important to remember that alcohol is a drug — a drug that can prove

these helpful: • No thanks, I want to stay in control. • No thanks, I am driving. • No thanks, I don’t want to get into trouble with my parents. 56 ALCOHOL These teens volunteer for Connecticut Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking, which creates sting operations designed to identify those who sell liquor to minors. • No thanks, if I drink I’ll lose my privileges (the car, be grounded, etc.) • No thanks, I don’t like the way it tastes. • No thanks, I’ve got to study later (or get up

from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Duke University. She has written several books for teens on global and family issues and is also the author of Nicotine and Cocaine in the DRUGS: THE STRAIGHT FACTS series. She lives with her husband and their three children in Pennsylvania. About the Editor David J. Triggle is a University Professor and a Distinguished Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He studied

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