Share of Cost, Alcohol, Some Quick Facts

Wednesday, Mar. 9th 2016 6:00 AM

Learn more about alcohol, the intoxicating drug found in wine, beer and spirits, including the effects it has on the body and the health risks associated with its consumption.

Fast facts on alcohol.  Here are some key points about alcohol.

*    Pure alcohol is a colorless, odorless and flammable liquid
*    Fruits (grapes and apples) and grains (barley and wheat) are the most commonly used foods to make alcohol
*    The legal age to drink, buy or sell alcohol in the United States is 21 years of age
*    Alcohol is the number one abused drug by minors in the US
*    Although it is classified as a sedative, hypnotic drug, it has a stimulant effect in small amounts
*    The liver can only oxidize about one drink per hour
*    Alcohol is known to be harmful to developing brains (from fetus to adolescence)
*    No amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy
*    The effects of drinking and taking other medications – either over-the-counter or prescribed – can be unpredictable and potentially deadly

*    Roughly 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults results from excessive drinking.

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