A Small Dose of Alcohol

  • An Introduction into the Health Effects of Alcohol


Alcohol Dossier

  • Name: Ethyl Alcohol (CH3-CH2-OH)
  • Use: solvent, commonly found in beverages
  • Source: home, industry, stores, and alcoholic beverages
  • Recommended daily intake: none (not essential)
  • Absorption: readily absorbed by intestine, food will delay absorption
  • Sensitive individuals: fetus (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome-FAS)
  • Toxicity/symptoms: developing nervous system very sensitive to low levels of exposure; kids - lowered IQ, learning and behavioral problems; adults - memory loss, inebriation, liver disease, cancer
  • Regulatory facts: government agencies recommend women not consume alcohol during pregnancy; blood alcohol regulated by local governments when operating a motor vehicle
  • General facts: long history of use, consumed world wide, 1-3 infants per 1000 affected by FAS worldwide
  • Environmental: voluntarily consumed
  • Recommendations: do not consume alcohol during pregnancy, otherwise limit consumption and do not drive a motor vehicle after drinking

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More Information and References

European, Asian, and International Agencies

  • UK Department of Health (DOH). Alcohol Misuse Information. The DOH provides extensive information on the health effects of alcohol.

North American Agencies

  • US Department of Justice (DOJ). Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) . ATF's unique responsibilities include protecting the public, reducing violent crime, and enforcing the federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol and tobacco diversion, firearms, explosives, and arson.

Non-government Organizations

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS). The Center of Alcohol Studies is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to acquisition and dissemination of knowledge on psychoactive substance use and related phenomena with primary emphasis on alcohol use and consequences.
  • Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS). ADHS, formerly Alcohol and Temperance History Group, is an international group of alcohol, temperance, and drug history scholars founded to foster the exchange of ideas among scholars of all disciplines who are interested in any aspect of past alcohol use, abuse, production, and control within given societies or countries and online home of The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal (SHAD).



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