Alcohol is an organic compound that appears in a variety of forms. The ingestible form, for both legitimate and abuse purposes, is ethanol. It is and has been historically used for hygienic, dietary, medicinal, religious, and recreational purposes. Its potential for abuse is high since there is little stigma assigned to appropriate use and it is readily and cheaply available. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Because of its potential for changing human consciousness, it is considered a psychoactive drug. While small doses may produce euphoria and relaxation and possible impaired judgment, increasing dosages produce impaired sensory and motor function, slowed cognition, stupefaction, unconsciousness, and possible death. In addition, the social acceptance of alcohol consumption and its classification as a food in many varieties can lead to health problems in the long term, in addition to its addictive potential. A major problem with alcohol consumption is that, since it is often consumed in social situations away from home, there is higher likelihood of driving a motor vehicle after consuming. The impairment to judgment, cognitive abilities, and motor functions increase the potential for accidents leading to injuries and death.