Positive and Negative Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol contains intoxicating substance called ethyl alcohol or ethanol. It is slows down the functions of the brain and other parts of the nervous system. 28% reported having an alcoholic beverage in the last month. Male students more likely than female students to report episodic heavy drinking. Effects of Alcohol: Heart/Blood Vessels (Short term): Perspiration increases and skin becomes flushed and (Long Term) High blood pressure and damage to the heart muscle; blood vessels harden and become less flexible.