Navigation Links
It's Spring Break: How Much Does Heavy Drinking Affect Your Body?
Date:3/25/2008

WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the time of year when more than 1.5 million high school and college students head for warm climates to soak up the sun and drink large quantities of alcohol. Students who vacation with friends over spring break drink almost three times as much as those who stay home with parents or relatives, according to a report in the September 2007 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Instead of just telling students not to drink heavily, this year try explaining the science behind how drinking large quantities of alcohol affects their bodies. This advice comes from The Science Inside Alcohol Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is conducting research on teen drinking and developing an interactive Web-based science and health curriculum for middle school students.

Here's a quick True or False test students can take to determine how much they know about the science of ingesting large quantities of alcohol.

1. Most college students do not drink very much during spring break.

FALSE. The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reports that students

show "bursts" of heavy alcohol use during holidays, vacations and

weekends. Students in this study reported having more than 30 drinks each

over a four day period during spring break.

2. Vomiting, confusion, stupor, and the inability to wake up are the

results of alcohol poisoning.

TRUE. Students may think their friend is just really drunk but he or she

can also have alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal. More than 1,500

college students each year die from unintentional alcohol-related injuries

including car crashes, according to MADD.

3. Black-outs (not remembering what happened while drinking) are a

regular occurrence among college students who drink frequently.

TRUE. Twenty seven percent of students who drank reported at least one

incident of forgetting who they were with or where they were while

drinking. More than half reported having memory loss during drinking at

some point in their lives.

4. Some women can drink as much as men and it won't affect them

differently.

FALSE. Alcohol mixes with body water and women have a higher percentage

of water in their bodies, so the amount of alcohol women drink becomes

highly concentrated quickly.

5. Only a few medications interact harmfully with alcohol.

FALSE. More than 150 medicines should not be mixed with alcohol including

sleeping pills, antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs,

painkillers and also medicines for diabetes, high blood pressure,

epilepsy, antacids and those for motion sickness. Mixing alcohol with

these types of medications can be extremely dangerous.

The Science Inside Alcohol Project of AAAS is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Science Inside Alcohol Project of AAAS
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Spring Ankle Sprain Prevention Tips
2. Springer to publish new journal focusing on ethical issues in neuroscience
3. NIH Asthma Guidelines Will Leave Sufferers Breathing Easier This Spring
4. Lose Weight This Spring With Portion Control Diet Tool
5. National Quality Forum Spring Conference; Leaders in Healthcare Quality to Focus on National Priorities and Care Coordination
6. Seven Corners Alerts Spring Breakers that They Need Travel Insurance to Vacation Abroad
7. Under the Canopy(R) Turns a New Leaf With 2008 Spring Season
8. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols features high-throughput methods for analyzing gene activity
9. mtvU & The Jed Foundation Go Beyond March Madness, Spring Break & 5th Anniversary of Iraq War, Dedicating March Programming to College Students Mental Health
10. Springer to publish International Journal of Hematology
11. Kentucky-Based Sports Medicine Duo Invited to Astros Spring Training Camp
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Axiad IDS , a leading provider of trusted identities ... the company a “Top 25 Cybersecurity Companies 2017.” Axiad IDS received this ... and proactively address potential cybersecurity threats before they happen. The annual list ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... and a 2017 Best in KLAS category winner, has named Daniel P. Bullington ... extend and enhance its technology platform and product offerings,” says Justin Neece, president. ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Drs. ... on peri-implantitis in Las Vegas, NV, and the importance of treating ... disease consultation and leading care for peri-implantitis, with or without a referral. As ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... bleeding gums and chronic bad breath, can now receive laser gum disease treatments from ... R. Douglas Campbell and David Landau are raising awareness of the importance of receiving ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... Patients who avoid necessary dental and endodontic ... in Mt. Kisco, NY from Advanced Endodontics of Westchester. This highly-trained team of endodontists ... One or more sedation methods may be recommended based on the severity of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/8/2017)... -- MACRA replaces the outdated sustainable growth rate ... Black Book Research crowdsource-surveyed 8,845 physician practices from February ... for MIPS Compliance Technology is Booming ... or more clinicians seek to buy Merit-Based Incentive Payment ... of the changes, the hunt is on for the ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... 2017  Fortuna Fix Inc. (" Fortuna "), a ... to eliminate the need for embryonic and fetal stem cells ... diseases. Fortuna announced today the launch ... Fehlings , MD, PhD; Father Kevin FitzGerald , S.J., ... Professor James Giordano , PhD. "We are ...
(Date:5/4/2017)...  A new tight-tolerance microextrusion medical tubing product ... is being launched by Natvar, a Tekni-Plex company. ... recent years to service a wide variety of ... expensive materials such as glass and fluoropolymers have ... their ability to consistently hold tolerances. This is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: