Facts About Chemical Abuse

Alcohol

1. Alcohol is a habit-forming and addiction-producing drug which shrinks the membranes of the brain.

2. Alcohol is our number one social problem, our number one addiction problem and our number three public health problem.

3. About 70 percent of all alcoholics start drinking while in high school.

4. There are 11 million persons in the United States who have lost control over their drinking.

5. There is the same amount of ethyl alcohol, C2H5OH, in a can of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of whiskey.

6. Even one can of beer may slow up one's reflexes enough to cause a fatal accident.

7. Alcoholism is the only completely preventable disease -- no alcohol, no alcoholism.

 

Smoking

1. Tobacco contains nicotine, a stimulating drug. It affects bodily functions and is extremely habit forming.

2. Cigarette smoking is an important direct cause of lung cancer. Heavy cigarette smokers have 30 times the death rate of non-smokers for cancer and heart disease.

3. Smoking accelerates the heart rate, raises the blood pressure, and constricts the blood vessels, placing a dangerous strain on the heart.

4. Heavy cigarette smokers, on the average, lose about 14 minutes of life for every cigarette they smoke.

5. The smoke from three cigarettes in a closed automobile leaves enough carbon monoxide to distort vision and impair safety.

6. The most frequent cause of fires is a burning cigarette.

7. In the 1900s, the per capita consumption was only 49 cigarettes a year. Per capita consumption is now 11,500 cigarettes a year, and death rates have increased accordingly.

Drugs

1. Drugs are medicinal substances used by sick people for treatment of illness or disease. When well persons use them, without valid reasons, they become sick.

2. The majority of young people have a proper respect for drugs and do not abuse them.

3. Drugs can be very unpredictable, never reacting precisely the same on two individuals, and even reacting differently on the same person at different times.

4. Marijuana, heroin, and LSD have very limited medical value. Yet, some persons self-prescribe them when few physicians would ever administer them to their patients.

5. Even one small experimental dose of some drugs could adversely affect one mentally or physically for the remainder of his life.

6. Drug use is not the answer to life's problems. Solutions will come through keen, alert minds that are free from the influence of mind altering drugs.

 

(Reprinted with permission From the "No Smoke,

No Drink, No Dope Club" by Bob Neil)

-- Taken from the Gospel Advocate