Alcohol Violation Summary


Alcohol Violation


3/18/04


Alcohol is a sedative hypnotic that can be very damaging to one’s health. Alcohol causes people to feel relaxed and socially outgoing, which usually causes the drinker to drink more in order to keep the "buzzed" feeling. Though alcohol may make him or her feel great for a while, the consequences of this drug can be life‑threatening. Due to an excessive consumption of alcohol, one can become unconscious, have trouble breathing, and/or may be in the need of medical attention. When too much alcohol is consumed, the drinker is very likely to throw up, which can block their airway, causing suffercation and even death. When a drunk person passes out, their body continues to absorb the alcohol, causing their blood alcohol level to become extremely high. If alcohol is mixed with another drug, it can effect ones ability to drive a car and operate heavy machinery.


Prior to attending this meeting, I never really thought about the consequences alcohol can have on the body. The speaker discussed stages of alcoholism, and the way alcohol affects one’s behavior. According to the speaker, I am no where near alcoholism, which felt re‑assuring to me. Moreover, I was shocked to hear just what exactly the stages entailed. Looking at some of my friends, I realized that many are not too far off from this speaker’s definition of alcoholism. I can see denial, depression, and self‑worthlessness within the face of a few of my friends and now I hope to confront them about it.


The main problems that can occur in your body from drinking alcohol are memory formation, abstract thinking, problem solving, and attention and concentration. One will be able to recall information learned in the past; however, any new memories during their drunk stage may be forgotten. The person may also not be able to recall an occurance that happened a few hours before then. Attention and concentratin are two of the most common side effects of cronic drinking. Any signs may not be detected during a casual conversation; however, when the drinker is challenged or when he or she is in a situation involving a higher train of thought, they may have more trouble.


Underaged drinking is becoming more and more common in society, especially with college students. Students may often attend parties and consume alcohol as a stress reliever from their demanding schedules, difficult tests, and as a break form studying. Thus this speaker’ s presentation was very affective, and greatly informed the audience just how dangerous drinking is.