Stillwater News Press

Health & Environment

April 12, 2014

Live Well 04-13-14

Alcohol has many potentially dangerous affects on your body

The American way has come to include alcohol and drinking at many social events. Alcohol advertisements have become common in our everyday life. One question we are left with is how much does drinking affect our overall health and wellness?

The answer varies drastically depending on age, sex and weight.

Youth brains develop from the back to front, with the front portion being the area where reasoning and impulses occur.

The front portion of the brain does not fully mature until an individual is approximately 25 years old.

Meaning the effects of alcohol on young brains and their development by drinking before the brain is fully matured can have negative effects on brain growth and maturation. This new research makes a solid argument for actually raising the drinking age rather than lowering it.

Males and females generally react differently to the same level of alcohol. Body chemistry usually means a male can drink more than a female to reach the same level of effect.

Drinking while pregnant may also increase the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or other lasting and potentially lethal effects on the baby in the womb. The weight of a person usually effects how they react to alcohol.

Recent studies on the effects of alcohol on athletes have found new data. Every time an individual gets drunk, they lose approximately 14 days of training. Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to four days, meaning when you train you will not see the effect of the training. Recent heavy drinking lowers your performance potential by 11.4 percent. The athlete will become more tired and fatigue quicker due to increased levels of lactic acid. It becomes harder to catch your breath and it takes twice as long to refuel your muscles after working out.

Drinking is a known diuretic and will cause dehydration. Alcohol also affects reaction time and hand coordination.

Alcohol addiction is another slippery slope in dealing with the effects of alcohol.

Many risk factors play into alcohol addiction including: genetics, gender, mental illness/condition, peer pressure, family behavior, loneliness, age of first drink, stress, and how your body metabolizes alcohol. In other words, alcoholism can happen to anyone. The more you drink, the more likely you are to become addicted to alcohol.

For more information on preventing Alcohol, Tobacco, Prescription Drugs, or Illegal Drugs please contact OSU Prevention Programs at (405) 780-7485.

Scott Linderer is regional prevention coordinator with OSU Prevention Programs.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Health & Environment
  • Live Well 07-27-14

    The topic of the legal drinking age is an ongoing debate among American politician and citizens. Among the countries that set a legal drinking age, 18 is the most common. Along with Mongolia, Indonesia, Palau and several states in India and Egypt, the United States is an outlier with a minimum purchase age of 21.

    July 26, 2014

  • Live Well 07-20-14

    It is way too easy to hit snooze on my alarm clock.
    Exercising in the morning always seems like a good idea until the alarm starts yelling at an ungodly hour.

    July 19, 2014

  • Live Well 07-13-14

    Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases.

    July 13, 2014

  • Live Well 06-29-14

    Most people are aware that Stillwater Animal Welfare is full of cute cats and dogs available for adoption, but did you know that when you save a pet that your pet saves you, too?

    June 28, 2014

  • Live Well 06-22-14

    Prescription drug use is continuously on the rise in the United States due to the medical advancements of this country.

    June 21, 2014

  • brownthrasher.jpg Life at Boomer Lake 06-15-14

    Even though it has been quite rainy over the past week, the lake is once again at very healthy levels. Consequently, avian life in our neck of the woods is thriving.

    June 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Live Well 06-15-14

    Each year National Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

    June 14, 2014

  • Live Well 06-08-14

    I love summer! As an educator in Stillwater Public Schools, I love summer for my students and my family.

    June 7, 2014

  • Live Well 06-01-14

    Saturday was World No Tobacco Day – a day observed around the world on May 31. The intention of this day is to observe a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco across the globe.

    May 31, 2014

  • Live Well 05-25-14

    Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer because of its ability to spread, or metastasize.

    May 24, 2014

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Stocks
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth
Must Read