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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many ways in which alcohol, specifically alcoholic beverages, may be abused. Alcohol impacts the function of the central nervous system, with larger amounts of alcohol causing more significant impairment. The concentration of the alcohol in the bloodstream, or the blood alcohol content (BAC, measured in milligrams alcohol/liter of blood) is the critical measurement in measuring the significance of abuse. Alcohol is abused when an individual consumes it in a greater quantity and/or a shorter time period than his/her body is able to metabolize.

With a BAC of 0.1%, users may exhibit signs of intoxication such as balance impairment, facial flushing, loss of some coordination, reddened eyes and slurred speech. A BAC of 0.2% usually results in significant loss of coordination, impaired judgement, nausea and vomiting and very slurred speech. BAC of 0.4% can lead to a coma and death.

bethlaw | Student

I'm not a Doctor, but I've always heard that any amount of alcohol intake beyond 5 drinks per week for women and 7 drinks per week for men is considered abuse or alcoholism, which is roughly defined as any amount of alcohol consumption which causes damage to the body or which causes the consumer to act in any way outside of their normal behavior, usually negatively.

snickel1 | Student

u drink it....ur drunk

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