Alcohol Poisoning in Teenagers

Ethanol is the purest from of alcohol. It is very strong and very dangerous. A small amount of ethanol can kill.

After a person has a drink, the ethanol in the drink is directly absorbed into their bloodstream.

Ethanol slows down a person’s central nervous system, making them think, act and talk more slowly. It is this effect that causes alcohol to be classified as a depressant.

Six teenagers from a school in Aldridge, England were recently rushed to hospital after swallowing ethanol. The six were copying a scene from the television show, ‘Waterloo Road’, where a student is rushed to hospital by a teacher after the student drinks ethanol.

They were rushed to Walsall Manor Hospital, where they were treated quickly. They have managed to escape serious harm.

Light drinking affects a person’s speech, balance, coordination and vision, even when they don’t feel drunk. Heavier drinking affects motor skills, judgment and the ability to estimate distances.

A beer usually contains between 4 and 6 percent ethanol. Wine contains 12 percent ethanol, on average.

Ethanol damages the white matter in a person’s brain. The damage can be seen using MRI. The vomiting or respiratory depression associated with drinking is a sign of alcohol poisoning. Repeated consumption of ethanol can result in stomach ulcers, as well as damage to the liver.

Signs of alcohol poisoning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Half of all alcohol-related injuries and deaths are caused by social drinkers, i.e., people who normally drink wisely but happen to overdo it on a particular occasion.

The younger a person starts drinking is the more likely they are to develop alcohol-related problems later on in their life.

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19 Responses to “Alcohol Poisoning in Teenagers”
  1. Adrn0919 Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Unfortunately under-age drinking is a real problem. Young people are not aware abuse of alcohol can kill you. Good article. Thanks for sharing.


  2. gaby7 Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Ugandans die yearly from ethanol related consumptions! Local distillers mix their beverages with ethanol and cause death and other disabilities


  3. Hamayal Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    nice artilce


  4. jennifer eiffel01 Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    good info for parents to warn their kids about.


  5. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    You’re welcome Adrn.


  6. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing that Gaby.


  7. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks Hamayal.


  8. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    @Pattiann
    Knowledge is power.


  9. septana Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    very good article, and provide benefits to us all


  10. Tiki33 Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Under age drinking is a serious problem. Many teens think that there’s nothing wrong with it and continue with their drinking binges. Sad but reality.


  11. el zorro Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Ethanol? Some of my friends actually drank rubbing alcohol when they couldn’t find liquor store in the area..That’s how stupid young people are sometimes nowadays..thanks for the info my friend :)


  12. el zorro Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Ethanol? Some of my friends actually drank rubbing alcohol when they couldn\’t find liquor store in the area..That\’s how stupid young people are sometimes nowadays..thanks for the info my friend :)


  13. afaceristonline Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Very good work succes


  14. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks Septana


  15. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    @Tiki
    Those binges are harmful nd adults are sometimes selling alcohol to underage kids.


  16. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    @Nz
    Kids sometimes do silly things.


  17. johnmariow Says...

    On December 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Excellent article. I knew someone who was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Kids are often unaware of the harm they are doing to themselves.


  18. Nali Says...

    On December 28, 2012 at 7:16 am

    good info


  19. caesar27 Says...

    On December 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Thank for share. I thought for sure I left a comment on this article


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