(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – As we all prepare to recognize Independence Day next week, the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is encouraging everyone to keep these alcohol-related facts in mind when planning celebrations.
“We understand that alcohol often plays a role in holiday celebrations for adults, but we want to ensure everyone has access to the facts about alcohol consumption,” explained ADC Coordinator, Jodi Salvo. “And, as always, we want to encourage youth to stay substance-free.”
Here are 5 facts to keep in mind as you head out to celebrate the 4th of July.
#1 – Beer is JUST as intoxicating as wine or hard liquor.
Statistics show that when it comes down to it, alcohol is alcohol regardless of the form it comes in. One standard drink of beer will have the same effect on the body as one standard drink of liquor. However, it is important to note that the effects of 12 ounces of liquor would far exceed the effects of 12 ounces of beer. One standard drink for each kind of beverage is as follows: 10-12oz of beer, 5oz of wine, 10-12oz of a wine cooler, 1.5oz of a shot of liquor, and mixed drinks vary.
#2 – It is NOT normal to pass out from drinking.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that slows your heart rate and breathing and lowers your blood pressure. Once these essential functions have been depressed enough, your brain starts to shut down, and you pass out. This is incredibly dangerous and can lead to death.
#3 – Drinking impairs your ability to be in control.
Each drink you consume impairs your judgment and lowers your inhibitions. Among college students, for example, alcohol contributes to deaths from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, sexual assault, unprotected sex, suicidal behaviors, and other risky behaviors.
#4 – Eating a big meal before drinking will NOT keep you sober.
Eating a big meal before you drink only slows down the absorption of alcohol. While drinking on an empty stomach isn’t the best, eating a full meal does not mean that you will not face consequences from drinking.
#5 – Everyone reacts to alcohol differently.
There is a multitude of factors that affect how a person responds to alcohol including sex, body size, genetics, tolerance, and metabolism. Everyone is different and what affects one person one way may not affect another person the same way.
For more information about the local work of the ADC, visit adctusc.org. Resources for information here include adctusc.org and 3rdmil.com.