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Marijuana and alcohol are the most commonly used drugs. They have side effects that cause people to not behave and/or think in a way that makes them not capable enough to make smart decisions. This essay will address everything about alcohol, marijuana, and the use of them both together. Alcohol is made with ethanol which influences the body by entering the bloodstream through the stomach and affect the brain and because alcohol is a depressant, once it has been transported to your brain it dulls the central nervous system.
Alcohol comes in many forms such as wine, spirits, beer, and so much more.The strength of drinks are shown as a percentage of alcohol (usually shown on the side of the bottle or can as ABV). This shows the amount of pure alcohol there is compared with the total volume of liquid. Wine can be categorized into 5 fundamental groups―red, white, rosé, sparkling, and fortified. Grapes are crushed with various kinds of yeast to make wine.
Most wines are below 9% ABV to above 16% AVB. Spirits are alcoholic drinks like brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey. Brandy is derived from the Dutch word, brandewijn; which means ‘burnt wine’. It is produced by distilling wine and contains around 35―60% ABV. Gin is produced from distilled juniper berries and the ABV of gin is around 37―40%. Rum is produced from sugarcane juice through the fermentation and distillation process, or by molasses and the ABV of rum is between 40―55%.The use of a plant, blue agave (found in a town in Mexico) is important to make tequila and It has 40―50% ABV.
Vodka is a made by distilling fermented grains or potatoes, although some modern brands use other substances such as wheat, rye, corn, fruits, or sugar. It has around 35―50% ABV. Whiskey after the fermentation process is done which uses wheat, barley, rye, and corn and it has around 40―53.3% ABV. Made with four basic ingredients―barley, water, hops, and yeast, beer is made by extracting the sugars from grains which helps the yeast to turn it into alcohol and CO2. The alcohol by volume (ABV) of beer usually around 4―6%; although there are breweries around the world that have 40% ABV beer as well.
Alcohol is the easiest accessed drug. Alcohol can be bought at almost every gas station you go to. This means if you go to the gas station to fuel up your car you can also buy a 40 ounce of beer. The irony there is that it is against the law to drink and drive and/or driving while drunk, but people are allowed to buy alcohol at the place where they fuel up their car. Alcohol is such a bad influence on people that the 18th amendment put a band on it and after it was back legalized there restrictions like being 21 years of age to buy it. Even after being eligible to buy and drink alcohol, some people abuse it. It’s so bad that people lose their families, jobs, and whole lives over alcohol. There are even groups for people who abuse alcohol it is called Alcoholics Anonymous. This group is where people discuss how alcohol messed up their lives and how they try not to go back to their addiction of using alcohol. But yet they have to see it in their everyday life like at a gas station or grocery store.
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