Teen-Age Alcoholism

Teen-Age Alcoholism

Teen-Age Alcoholism

Teen-Age Alcoholism

Synopsis

Examines the facts and misconceptions about alcohol and alcoholism.

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ALL ABOUT ALCOHOL

The sweetest wines may turn to the tartest vinegar. -- James Howell, 1647

Alcohol is the best of all preservatives. -- Percival Wilde, 1940

WHAT ALCOHOL IS

The word alcohol refers to a whole family of chemical compounds, not all of which are good to drink. There is rubbing alcohol, for example; also, wood alcohol and methyl alcohol. What all types of alcohol have in common are an oxygen atom and a hydrogen atom linked together in a certain way to form what is called a hydroxyl group. Depending on the construction of this group and the other atoms with which it is linked, a very poisonous substance, such as methyl alcohol, can result; or, a generally nonpoisonous type of alcohol, ethyl alcohol, can be produced. The alcoholic beverages people drink contain ethyl alcohol.

Alcohol is not a food, although it shares some of the properties of food. Like food, it contains calories, which accounts in part for the condition commonly known as "beer belly. . . ."

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