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Should alcohol be made illegal?

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´╗┐Should alcohol be made illegal? Page 1 Emma Calvert; Biology Case study Contents; Introduction Page 1 The effect of alcohol on the body Page 2 Alcohol and your health Page 3 Why people drink and why is it a problem Page 4 - The medical issues Page 4 - Alcohol and pregnancy Page 5 - Pro?s and cons of alcohol Page 5 - The expenses of alcohol Page 6 - Underage & binge drinking Page 6 - Drink driving Page 7 Conclusion Page 7 References Page 9 Introduction; In this essay I will discuss the question ?Should alcohol be illegal?? There are many areas of which I will study, firstly I will explain the science behind alcohol and what it can do to harm or benefit your body. Then I will discuss all the problems like drink driving, the expenses of alcohol, binge drinking and the medical issues that some will face if they drink more alcohol than what is recommended. Then I will compare the positives to drinking alcohol like how if you drink responsibly it does have health benefits to the negatives such as how it can cause liver failure and in extreme cases even cancer. Lastly I will come to a conclusion based on the evidence I will present here and I will show where I found out all of information in my references page and then I will state whether I thought the information was reliable or not. Should alcohol be made illegal? Page 2 The effect of alcohol in your body; From the second you take your first sip, alcohol starts affecting your body and mind. ...read more.

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It can be extremely dangerous. I know everyone says drinking is cool and I can be but if you are the "sloppy drunk" at a party but trust me you won?t be cool the next day. Best advice is to start drinking alcohol is to watch and see what people around you who are drunk and see how it can affect people if not consumed right. I also found a survey that was done in 2008 which asked questions to British 15 to 25 year olds of what the main reason they drank alcohol was. A lot of research has been done to find and explore the reason why people drink alcohol. From research conducted in Britain among 15 to 25 year-olds, the following answers came up: - Sociability (71%) - Like the taste (51%) - Feel at ease (12%) - Get intoxicated (6%) - Get drunk (2%) - Because everybody does it (6%) - To forget problems (0%) Alcohol gets risky when you need more to feel good. If you can't do that anymore on your own, and you use the alcohol for it, at a certain point you run the risk of starting to drink more and more each time to still feel the effects. This can be the beginning of an addiction. If you drink to feel good, you should ask yourself if you can also feel at ease without alcohol. The medical issues; Alcoholism is a word which many people use to mean alcohol dependence (alcohol addiction). ...read more.

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Should alcohol be made illegal? Page 7 Drink driving; 8,620 road accidents in 2008 happened when a driver was over the legal limit for alcohol. 2,020 people were killed or seriously injured as a result. While these figures are high, accidents involving drink driving have decreased hugely over the last 30 years. Deaths and serious injuries related to drink driving have fallen over three-quarters since 1980. What's the law on drink driving? In the UK, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, 35mg per 100ml of breath or 107mg per 100ml of urine. In most other European countries, the limit is less, usually 50mg per 100ml of blood. How much can I drink and stay under the limit? There is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit. The amount of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered drink driving varies from person to person. It depends on: 1. Your weight 2. Your gender (men tend to process alcohol faster than women) 3. Your metabolism 4. Your current stress levels 5. Whether you've eaten recently 6. Age (younger people tend to process alcohol more slowly How alcohol affects driving Many of the functions that we depend on to drive safely are affected when we drink alcohol: the brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye; processing information becomes more difficult; and instructions to the body's muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times. Blurred and double vision can also occur, which means the ability to see things correctly whilst driving is reduced. People are also more likely to take potentially dangerous risks behind the wheel if they've been drinking alcohol. ...read more.

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