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Treatment of Alcoholism

When the alcohol concentration rises above twelve percent, the yeast dies of alcohol poisoning. However, most humans do not drink pure alcohol. The concoction they drink has other chemicals, flavors, and the like. The added chemicals, in total, are called congeners. These cogeners include varying amounts of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and different purities of alcohol. Nevertheless, even in small quantities, alcohol is poisonous, and part of the intoxication results from various body cells being killed by the liquid (Goodwin, 1976).

The effects of alcohol in humans depend mainly on the dosage. Along with the amount consumed, there are at least six other effects of alcohol. First, the vital determiner of alcoholic poisoning is how much alcohol gets into the human bloodstream. Some alcohol is absorbed through the stomach but most reaches the body through intestinal absorption. Thus, the amount of food in the intestine, as well as the types and alcohol ratio of the drink, are indicative of the type and severity of the effects. Second is the rate of absorption in the body. In general, the faster the rate, the more serious the effect. Third, the duration of the consumption. This is an important consideration since the longer there is alcohol in the blood, the more its effects diminish because the body adapts to chemical change. Forth is the slope effect in which the drinker feels better consuming alcohol than on its "coming down" effects. Fif


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