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A 2002 study by Henry Wechsler of the Harvard School of Public health found that among college women who drink alcohol, unplanned sex and sexual assault increased by 50 percent.

The absorption of alcohol speeds up when mixed with carbonated beverages.

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by a New York stockbroker and an Ohio Surgeon who were alcoholics.

The legal use of alcohol by teenagers and even children was accepted in America through the nineteenth century.

Birds, beers and other wild creatures—perhaps even dinosaurs—have become drunk from eating berries, other fruits, or grains containing alcohol.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) said that teens who has 4 to 6 drinks are 90 times more likely to die in a crash than a sober driver.

Alcohol is a legal drug, by far the most commonly used drug in the world.

Many chronic drinkers have difficulty sleeping and spend less time in the important phase known as REM (rapid eye movement).

The crash of the Exxon Valdez that spilled 11.2 million barrels of crude oil involved alcohol. The captain of the tanker, Joseph Hazelwood, was drinking at the time of the crash.

In 1994, 3.4 million Americans were treated for alcohol-related problems.

Studies show that in the United States, 50 to 60 percent of physical attacks in the home involved alcohol use. One-third to one-half of all batterers are reported to be problem drinkers.

Taxpayers cover much of the cost of alcohol-related disease through publicly funded insurance policies like Medicaid.

The average person in 1830 consumed two and a half times more alcohol than present day people.

At one time, it was believed that there were very few women with alcohol problems, but studies indicate that women's alcohol problems are simply less visible. They wait longer to seek treatment and often use mental health services or non-alcohol treatment programs instead of seeking specific help for drinking.

Cocaine problems are often masked by alcohol problems, and many people who are admitted to treatment centers for alcoholism are actually involved in one or more other drugs.

Forty-three percent of AA members under 30 claim they were addicted to another drug as well as to alcohol.

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