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Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system.

Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing.  Everyone knows that the legal drinking age throughout the United States is 21. But according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, almost 80% of high school students have tried alcohol. When people drink alcohol, it's absorbed into their bloodstream. From there, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all body functions. Because experts now know that the human brain is still developing during our teen years, scientists are researching the effects drinking alcohol can have on the teen brain.

Alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious when consumed in small amounts. More alcohol causes greater changes in the brain, resulting in intoxication. People who have overused alcohol may stagger, lose their coordination, and slur their speech. They will probably be confused and disoriented. Intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry, depending on the person. Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character.

When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can occur. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result.

Why do people start drinking? Experimentation with alcohol during the teen years is common. Many teenagers start abusing alcohol out of curiosity, to fit in, to feel good, reduce stress, and relax. From a very young age, kids see advertising messages showing beautiful people enjoying life — and alcohol. And because many parents and other adults use alcohol socially — having beer or wine with dinner, for example — alcohol seems harmless to many teens.

Alcohol drinkers put their lives at risk. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chances of person to be involved in a car accident. Abusing alcohol can result in a high blood pressure at an early age. People who continue drinking heavily increase the risk of damaging major organs such as liver, heart, and brain.

If you think you have a drinking problem, get help as soon as possible. The best approach is to talk to a counselor from an alcohol rehabilitation center. An alcohol rehab will give you guidance to the road to lifetime recovery.