Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. A standard drink equals 0.6 ounces of pure ethanol, or 12 ounces of beer; 8 ounces of malt liquor; 5 ounces of wine; or 1.5 ounces (a "shot") of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey).

Alcohol remains the most troublesome drug of abuse in Iowa, as measured by consumption, treatment admissions, and involvement with the criminal justice system. 

May 2019 - Alcohol-Related Death Brief from IDPH

Above the Influence

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Cool Spot - for kids 11-13

Printed from the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy website on August 04, 2021 at 9:09pm.