Alcohol (Junior Drug Awareness) by Terri Peterson Smith

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Young people sometimes decide to try alcohol as a way to rebel against their parents or other authorities. They may think they can show their anger or “get back” at their parents by doing something parents say not to do. Acting out against the rules offers some excitement. If others in a young person’s circle of friends are doing the same thing, the pressure and excitement can be even greater. Teens in particular are drawn to doing reckless 45 46 alcohol things to feel excitement. Researchers now know that there is a physical reason for that.

Addiction causes chemical changes in the brain, affecting how a person’s brain experiences pleasure and reward. People might start drinking just because it makes them feel good. ” Society once viewed alcoholism as a moral problem. People thought that an alcoholic drank too much because he or she was a bad person. Yet, alcoholism can happen to smart, kind people, too. “Few people could how alcohol Works in the body imagine that a clean-cut, well-mannered, church-going young man like me might have a serious alcohol problem,” writes author William Cope Moyers in his book, Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption.

55 56 alcohol tasks. Alcohol strongly affects the part of the brain called the cerebral cortex. This area processes information from the five senses, comes up with thoughts, and makes decisions. When alcohol works in the cerebral cortex, a person becomes more talkative, more self-confident, and less shy. Soon, though, the person will have trouble processing senses such as vision and hearing, and he or she won’t be able to think clearly. Another part of the brain that alcohol affects is the amygdala.

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