Red Ribbon University
Red Ribbon University is an educational section designed to inform both parents and youth about currect substance abuse topics. Updated articles will be posted in every other month beginning in June.
Alcohol is a central nervous system DEPRESSANT that slows down the body’s functions. Unlike most foods, alcohol does not need to be broken down to be digested. It is absorbed through the stomach and small intestines directly into the blood and transported to other parts of the body.
As it depresses the brain centers of self control and inhibition you may engage in activities that you normally would not. Actually you are putting your brain to sleep level by level and at this stage you may compromise your values. To get drunk is to overdose on the drug alcohol.
Alcohol poisoning is a SEVERE and potentially FATAL physical reaction to alcohol overdose. It is often the result of binge drinking which is characterized as drinking excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This is often associated with “drinking games” like “Quarters,” “Beer Pong,” etc. Don’t be fooled…alcohol is a dangerous drug which could be deadly. A person’s Blood Alcohol Level continues to raise when the pass out! Alcohol that is in the stomach continues to be absorbed into the small intestines and blood stream raising it to a dangerous level
Let’s dispell a myth…all drinks contain the same percentage of alcohol by volume. Because they are all equal each type of drink can cause great harm. Just look:
|Drink||Serving Size||Alcohol Percentage||Ounces of Alcohol|
|Wine Coolers||12 oz.||X||4% – 5%||=||.60|
- Mikes Hard Lemonade (5%)
- Twisted Tea (5%)
- JD Downhome Punch (5%)
- Seagrams Bahama Mama (3%)
- BJ’s Apple Passion (4%)
- Smirnoff Raspberry (5%)
These sweet, sugar drinks are made to appeal to young female drinkers. Their sexy, innocnet names make them sound like harmless beverages… DON’T BE FOOLED they can have the same effect as any other type of drink.