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Beer, It Does A Body Good.

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On the Grasslands of Africa, the packs of lions turn the grassy feeding ground of the zebra into their slaughterhouse floor. The lions hang back observing the herd. They eye out the old, lame, or very young to maximize their assurance of success. They stay low and out of sight of the zebra, being careful not to be spotted.... Although some zebra will die today, the lions are indirectly assuring that the "herd" of zebras will continue.Darwin believed that by the killing of the weak of a species that the stronger, more vertile of the group would be left. Thus maximizing their ability to feed, multiply, and otherwise function to the maxim of their ability. By the weak zebras dying, they are streamlining the heard and increasing the herds amount of grazing land, not to mention the gene pool being saved from their inferior seed.Just as some in society believe you can take this basic theory and apply it to social issues, a small group as people think we college students can do the same with our brains through the mass consumption of alcohol. Exactly what is a mass amount? Binge drinking is defined as taking five or more alcoholic drinks in a row. (Wechsler ET al., 1997) A local "Brain Trust" that I asked while doing research for this subject had this to say about this definition of binge/mass consumption of alcohol. " Think this is pre-posterous, this Wechsler person is a real panty waist. How can someone be an expert on the binge drinking if they can't drink more than five beers?"If more than five beers are not a sufficient amount used to define binge drinking? I headed back to Mr. Burton for an answer. As luck would have it Mr. Burton "the local expert on alcohol" at the braintrust was preparing for a night out. This would enable me to observe a bingdrinker in their natural environment. Good morning Mr. Burton how are you? "Uh, oh yeah, I'm good?"- Burton. I was wondering what you would consider mass consumption of alcohol to be? Well as a mass consumer of alcohol I would say it depends on the person and the drink but as a rule I got to the bar at 9:00 p.m., I want to start drinking beer by at least 11:00 a.m., if I happen to have a class that day I would get a big bottle of 151 and start the festivities at the first possible moment I had available." This is still a vague answer so I decided to stay and observe. After my eighth beer I lost count of how many Mr. Burton had drank, but I will estimate that the amount of beer that it takes to reach the desired effect, would be attained by reaching a level of 15 beers or more.Unleash the Beast.... So what happens now that you have consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol? As a depressant, it calms down the nervous system very much like a general anesthetic (McKim, 1997). This leads to the state of enhanced mood that puts the drinker of ease in social situations, and relieves the subject to the stress and anxiety of everyday life in general.Alcohol also inhibits centers in the brain that govern critical...

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