Study Finds 5 Types Of Alcoholics I was going to add this as a news link at the top of the page but perhaps it needs its own section?

Also if you go to the web site for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism they seem to have a lot of research papers that are in the PD. The ones that caught my eye were the ones that dealt with the dangers of alcohol and tobacco together - its not hard to see how that could work for other substances like weed and so on. I know when I was young and smoked I would smoke 20 a day but when we would go out and binge drink at the weekends I could easily smoke 60 - it also lead to some poor decisions with other substances I wont go into here... and they say weed is the gateway drug!

Going to the actual webMD site I found this which interests me as the advice from the UKs Heart Foundation on how to best protect your heart is to give up smoking if you do and eat a healthy diet and exercise - not to drink moderate amounts of alcohol. Glandmaster

I hope the following explanations help to dry out any wet blanket effect caused by reverting recent wiki edits.—dimitri

Music Video

It seems to reinforce links between alcohol and entertainment, especially music, even though it was a country music video against alcohol.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FAS was not included because it's so rare and complicated.

UPDATE: was included after further research revealed the following:

  1. FASD babies are probably much more numerous than statistics show due to misdiagnosis[1]
  2. Some of the worst effects happen between the 18th and 24th day of pregnancy.
  3. A large portion of the women who drank didn't know they were pregnant!


"Fetal alcohol syndrome is listed as a rare disease by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)."[2] The incidence rate in the USA is "approx 1 in 755,555 or 359 people" or "359 per year, 29 per month, 6 per week". Culture also seems very significant:

FAS rate per 10,000 births:

Native Americans 29.9
African Americans 6.0
Caucasians 0.9
Hispanics 0.8
Asians 0.3


"Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a continuum of permanent birth defects caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, which includes, but is not limited to Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)."

Another issue is FAS being a mere subset of many tragic secondary effects of alcohol, meaning the primary victim is not the drinker. However the Mayo Clinic suggests a slightly larger problem: "As many as 40,000 babies are born with some type of alcohol-related damage each year in the United States. Fetal alcohol syndrome affects an estimated one to two out of every 1,000 births in the United States."[3]


Images have a way of enhancing or distracting from the potency of concepts encoded with text. I felt distracted by the inclusion of "this is you brain on alcohol" imagery. I think this page needs to be read, not passively watched or heard...