Heart-Healthy Tips: Alcohol Consumption
|Wednesday, 07 April 2010|
As first responders, you see firsthand how alcohol affects a person’s judgment when you respond to alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol depresses your central nervous system, lowers your inhibitions, and impairs your judgment. April is Alcohol Awareness Month – a great opportunity to educate your department about healthy alcohol consumption.
Alcohol affects every organ in the body. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver by enzymes; however, the liver can only metabolize a small amount of alcohol at a time, leaving the excess alcohol to circulate throughout the body. The intensity of the effect of alcohol on the body is directly related to the amount consumed.
Here are some tips and facts that you need to know about alcohol consumption:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services recommend that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, you do not exceed 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men.