By: Alexia Jones

There are many different street names for alcohol, such as: liquor, booze, chug, cocktails, etc. The chemical name for alcohol is ethanol. The formula for ethanol is C2H6O.

Structural Formula

Alcohol was originally used medicinally. People might would even use it as a "pain killer."

Short and Long Term Effects

Short Term Effects include things such as: Lowered Inhibitions, Poor Coordination, Blackouts and loss of memory, Nausea Sickness, Hangovers and Headaches, Stupor and possibly a coma.

Long Term Effects include things such as: Alcohol Poisoning, Heart related diseases, Nerve damage, Sexual Problems, Permanent damage to the brain.

Chemical Reactions

Alcohol is first converted to acetaldehyde, this acetaldehyde is then converted into acetyl radicals.


An estimated 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse. According to reports, 15% of people living in the U.S are considered "problem drinkers." Of this 15%, 5%-10% of the males and 3%-5% of females could be labeled as alcoholics.


  1. Commit to Stop Drinking
  2. Set Goals and Prepare for Change
  3. Get Sober Safely
  4. Find New Meaning in Life
  5. Handle Triggers and Cravings
  6. Get Support
  7. Join Recovery Support Groups


After doing research, I have come to the realization that alcohol is a disease that affects millions of lives everyday. I've learned the harm it can do to one's body and brain and how difficult it could be to get unattached to something once you've become hooked to it. Once you realize the daily habits you've picked up and discovered this may be a problem, you should get help right away.

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