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Alcohol, is it a dependency type of drug abuse, why test for ETG Urine Alcohol?
Last Updated: 12/08/2017
Alcohol is not included in the Controlled Substance Act and will therefore not be found under any of the DEA Schedules I, II, III, IV and V. Along with tobacco, alcohol is legal to use. They are two of the deadliest yet most widely used drugs in the United States.

Now let's discuss a little. I personally believe that any chemical, substance in the way of alcohol consumption (excessively) can become a dependency over time. Alcohol when abused can instantly be very harmful and yes even dangerously tragically devastating. How would I know this? Here's a couple of personal lifetime examples:
In 1981, I was hit by a drunk driver in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas while I was backing out of a slanted parking slot. Besides receiving whiplash, being in instant pain which lasted several weeks to months, the crash totaled out my 1979 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. Those where some very tough cars my friend back then. The drunk driver was only traveling 35-40 miles per hour, imagine what could have happened if he had been traveling faster? It's possible we would not be having this discussion today.

In 2011 my youngest daughter E.R.J. was taking her 3 babies (all under 4 years of age) to the baby sitters house to drop them off. Afterwards she'd planned on taking a some friends to the Prom, but she wasn't able to, as along the way at 49th and Free Ferry Road (a 4-way STOP Signed Intersection) after she'd stopped heading south toward Rogers Avenue, a drunk driver ran the stop sign, crashing into her 1996 Toyota Camry SE. The impact pushed her all of way through the intersection from right to left knocking over the stop sign on the other side from west to east in which the drunk driver of not just an average weighted vehicle came through, he was driving an SUV early 90's model weighing tons.


Yes, alcohol is a drug and is considered a depressant. Depressants slow down vital functions and intoxication symptoms manifest as unsteady movement, slurred speech, disturbed perceptions and slow reaction time. Alcohol’s “mild” depressant effects kick-in when a person consumes more than the body can handle. At “overdose levels”, the more severe depressant effects begin to show including toxicity (the body begins to expel the poison thru vomiting), pain tolerance, unconsciousness or coma and worst – death. These reactions depend upon the amount of alcohol a person consumes and how quickly.



Special thanks to www.aurorarecoverycentre.com, www.marininstitute.org, www.alcohol-facts.net and CBS

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