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11. Driving Under the Influence

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Alcohol is Poison

Alcohol

WHAT IS ALCOHOL?

Toxicology charts list alcohol as a poison , and a deadly one. It has the ability to make you feel good WHILE it is killing you.

The slow destruction of various body organs, the destruction of brain cells, and the deterioration of motor skills, should show any drinker a need for cautious ingestion of alcohol.

However, alcohol ACTS as a stimulant, under low dosages, and the drinker feels "good", and seldom feels the effects of being poisoned....until too late.

One of the first signs is the need to vomit. This is the brain's signal to the body to get rid of the poison. The trouble is,

the poison is already in the bloodstream, and NOT in the stomach. College courses in Medecine, such as Ramapo College, teach another basic about alcohol: it is a Central Nervous System depressant.

This means that alcohol, immediately after drinking even one drink, begins to work on shutting down the nervous system. It does this in a sequence of events, beginning with the brain's ability to perform judgment, and to control the emotions.

As you continue to drink, alcohol continues to shut down the nervous system, eventually to the point where the brain can no longer control body functions...like breathing!

Alcohol is also listed as a flammable substance, meaning that it catches fire rather easily.

How many other things can you think of, in your daily life, that you purposefully drink or eat, that catches fire easily?

Alcohol is a hydro-carbon compound, not unlike gasoline or kerosene. Do you remember high school chemistry class, and using an alcohol burner to heat test tubes and chemicals?


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Lesson 11 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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  2. After completing all 11 lessons and then passing the final test, your certificate of completion of driver education will be:


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  3. Designated Drivers:


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  4. If you are under 21, the zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving will revoke your license even if your BAC is as low as what percent?


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  5. BAC stands for:


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