Health Sciences 1001A/B Lecture Notes - Blood Alcohol Content, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Ethanol

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79. 3% of canadians reported alcohol consumption in past year. Males more likely than females to report drinking in past year. Highest drinking rates among 18-24 year olds. 95% of university students consume alcoholic beverages (addiction research. Foundation) american stat 80% of canadian university students consume alcoholic. Through automobile crashes and other injuries, alcohol is the leading cause of death among people ages 15-24. Ethyl alcohol is the common psychoactive ingredient in all alcoholic beverages. When consumed, alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream from small intestine, stomach, colon. Main site of alcohol metabolism = liver - transforms alcohol into energy and other products. 3/4 of a drink in 1 hour (8. 5 grams) It is then distributed throughout the body"s tissues, affecting nearly every body system. If more alcohol is consumed than is metabolized, blood alcohol concentration(bac) will steadily increase, as will level of intoxication (0. 08 is the driving limit)

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