Published on June 2, 2008
Getting hammered… Not just a male thing anymore. : Getting hammered… Not just a male thing anymore. CREATED BY DANIEL BELKIN What are we talking about? : What are we talking about? We are talking about a drug that is used on a weekly basis by about 80% of the population. It is legal and contributes to the death of more Australians per year than any other drug. Except nicotine. If you’re not really keeping track of things, we are talking about a drug called alcohol. A survey has found that the weekly alcohol consumption has more than doubled in the lat 10 years. Also, it has shown that around 60% of children under the age of 14 have began drinking alcohol. It has been stated many times that by people drinking at binge level, they are seriously endangering their health. What is even more concerning is the fact that binge drinkers (especially adolescents) encourage and provoke each other to continue down this appalling path. Binge drinking greatly increases the risk of injury, assault, public disorder and many, many other problems. “Piss off, it’s only a drink.” : “Piss off, it’s only a drink.” In case you where wondering, that bloke is drunk. What an idiot he is to have alcohol in such a large consumption. Avoiding the fact that he was pissed out of his brains, I must tell you that it’s not only a drink. Have a few glasses of wine a week. Nothing major will happen to you. The fact of the matter is that if you over do it as that bloke there, you put serious injury to your health. To be honest, you won’t really notice the effect of a few glasses of wine a week. Hardly anyone will notice. However if you’re an idiot and binge drink, mate, you’ll end up like the bloke on the right. OK, he’ll be back to normal after some sleep. But soon, you will have to face very bad health problems. Probably the first ones you would face would be liver problems and brain damage. It’s just the start. Women? : Women? An online survey has been conducted by Australian Women's Health magazines has found that one third Australian women indulge in massively boozy nights where they down more than 11 drinks in a sitting.In the survey more than 2000 women were quizzed and the analysis found that two-thirds of respondents binged, or consumed more than five standard drinks, while out with friends.In the meantime, 14 per cent of respondents admitted to drinking between 16 to 20 drinks in a single night while about 7 per cent said they'd knocked back more than 20 standard drinks in a sitting. We are seeing signs of increased numbers of women admitted to hospital after binge drinking and we are paying for the cost of binge drinking through the burden on the health system. Binge drinking such a large amount of alcohol can cause women to be at risk of drink-driving, sexual assault, becoming aggressive and having unsafe sex. What happens when you are drunk? : What happens when you are drunk? You see double, slur your speech, you lose your sense of distance. Alcohol loosens your inhibitions; you make bad judgments that can result in car crashes, violence, unwanted pregnancy, sexual transmission of diseases, or rape. A significant portion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth involve use of alcohol. What happens the day after? : What happens the day after? Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by your parents. You can lose your driver’s license. You can end up in jail. Your school grades can go down. What will happen in the future? : What will happen in the future? Liver Cancer Acetaldehyde - In your body, alcohol is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. This is one the main reasons why we get hangovers. But acetaldehyde does more than give you a headache in the morning. It can cause cancer by damaging DNA and stopping our cells from repairing this damage. Acetaldehyde also causes liver cells to grow faster than normal. These regenerating cells are more likely to pick up changes in their genes that could lead to cancer. Oestrogen and hormones - Alcohol can increase the levels of some hormones, such as oestrogen, testosterone and insulin. Unusually high levels of oestrogen increase the risk of breast cancer. Liver cirrhosis - Drinking lots of alcohol can damage the cells of the liver, causing a disease called cirrhosis. Cirrhosis makes you more vulnerable to liver cancer. Other chemicals - Alcohol makes it easier for the tissues of the mouth and throat to absorb the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco. This is one reason why people who smoke and drink multiply the damage they receive and have especially high risks of cancer. Folate - Folate is an important vitamin that helps our cells produce new DNA correctly. People who drink alcohol tend to have lower levels of folate in their blood and some studies have found that cancer is more common in people with low folate levels. Some facts you ought to know. : Some facts you ought to know. The earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted. Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, exercising, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up. The only thing that sobers you up is time — at least several hours. One beer, one shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol. Don't fall for the myth that beer and wine are less intoxicating than hard liquor. Only 3 to 5 percent of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics are just like people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic — young, old, rich, poor, single, married, employed, or out-of-work. Drinking alcohol does not quench your thirst; it causes dehydration. Alcohol interferes with your central nervous system. You lose balance, coordination, and judgment. Alcohol ages and damages the brain. Eight young people a day die in alcohol related crashes. Teens who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use any illicit drug, and 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink alcohol. Slide 9: THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MY PRESENTATION. HOPE YOU LEARNT A LOT.