“Please Drink Responsibly”
Summary: This blog is on the pros and cons of alcohol. Some of the content relates to our country but most relates to you. Do you want alcohol in your life?
How is alcohol metabolized or broken down in the body after consumption? Alcohol is a substance that the body considers a poison. Like many poisons it is detoxified in the liver. The body only has a limited capability to get the alcohol out of the bloodstream. The liver can pull an ounce of alcohol out of the bloodstream each hour. If you drink two ounces of alcohol each hour for three hours you will overwhelm your liver’s ability to convert the poison so you subject your body organs to high drug levels and become intoxicated. An empty stomach is worse because food slows the movement of alcohol from the stomach to the bloodstream. When someone measures the alcohol content of your blood, they are also measuring the alcohol content throughout your whole body. Alcohol soaks through all your cells, injuring them throughout the body. It does not just stay locked into your vascular system. It is the breakdown products of alcohol like acetaldehyde that do the most damage to the tissues of the body.
Some races of people have little to no ability to detoxify the alcohol. White skinned people generally have alcohol dehydrogenase in their livers that can go to work on the alcohol if you imbibe.
Certain drugs like Tylenol compete with the liver enzymes that detoxify alcohol in chronic drinkers. These enzymes may convert Tylenol into chemicals that can cause liver damage. Liver transplants are commonly done due to this relationship between chronic alcohol consumption and Tylenol use.
Women are more susceptible to alcohol effects than men. This is related to women having lower body fluids than men. They also have higher breast cancer rates with alcohol and higher heart disease rates than men with alcohol consumption.
Alcohol lowers sperm counts and testosterone levels and is dose related. It occurs within the month that steady alcohol consumption is begun.
The alcohol industry hides the dirty secrets of its poison by touting health benefits of one to two alcoholic beverages per day as a health “tonic”. We thindex nuts need to be cautious of health results generated by the industry that produces the “tonic”.
We are told to “drink responsibly”. What does that mean? Maybe I’ll just drink until my family deserts me or I get dementia? Regular alcohol consumption causes cardiovascular disease, liver fibrosis and failure, cancer of tissues that touch or process alcohol, and damage to the central and peripheral nervous system. What about crazy people, could they be alcoholics? Try depression, dysthymia, mania, hypomania, panic disorders, phobias, anxiety, personality disorders, schizophrenia, suicide, memory disorders, and spatial disorders. Did I forget hypertension and cancer of the breast?
Poisons can be also noted by changes in skin right? Urticaria, flushing, psoriasis, dandruff, and rosacea are just a few seen with alcohol consumption. The list is long isn’t it? Think of this list when you hear the next ad showing people having fun and “drinking responsibly”.
Cost to Americans and the world.
What might alcohol cost us as a nation? Probably over 100 billion dollars a year. This is the tip of the alcohol iceberg. In Finland, alcoholic deaths have surpassed heart attacks as the number one killer for men. (15 – 64 years old) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11707640 Alcoholism in Russia is worse still. Check out this link where interviews were done on relatives of Russians that died in the prime of life. Apparently our Russian friends are not drinking responsibly. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360961165X/fulltext
These are conservative estimates counting hospitalizations, mental health visits, detox, and fetal damage. The huge unknown cost is lost productivity and the cost of a family being dysfunctional or broken up by an alcoholic. Most people reading this blog have or will be affected by alcohol in a direct or indirect way and it won’t be a good effect. About 50 percent of people that get involved with alcohol will have an adverse experience that will alter their life in a bad way.
The USA passed the 18th amendment to the constitution in 1919 pushed through by the women’s temperance movement. Women formed this union due to drunkenness and abuse by their husbands. Russia (1914-1925), Iceland (1915-1922), Norway (1916-1927), Hungary and Finland also prohibited alcohol in this period. Islamic countries have prohibited alcohol for the last 1400 years as recommended by the Qur’an.
Prohibition could not be enforced due to uncontrolled local production and the illegal importation from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands.
Crime syndicates flourished with revenues from illegal alcohol production, importation and distribution.
Eventually prohibition was seen to be a failure and President Roosevelt repealed it in 1933.
It was repealed because it actually caused alcohol consumption to go up instead of down. It was not repealed due to any medical information showing that alcohol actually improves health.
Costs to a drinker.
What about the dollars and cents of a life either with or without alcohol? Take an example of newlyweds at age 21. With daily beer, wine consumption and wine at restaurants over the course of their 50 years together what will be their financial status with alcohol or without. We will figure 15 dollars per day over the course of their 50-year marriage. That is 5 thousand dollars per year or 250 thousand dollars at 50 years, uninvested. Let’s use an example of just abstaining for the first year of their marriage and putting that 5,000 dollars in a Roth Savings Account that makes 10 per cent over the course of 50 years. The 5 K doubles every 7 years to end up .7 million at the end of 50 years. That’s just from one year’s saving from alcohol. Lots of addictions cost more than 15 dollars a day. The cost in unsaved money at the end of 50 years is impressive.
People like you that are making a commitment to a more healthy life from here on out need to understand the harm alcohol does to our minds, our bodies, our lives, and the lives of others that live with us.
Don’t be swayed in your decisions about alcohol by the occasional articles that state alcohol is healthy for you in minimal amounts. Serious scientists that study alcohol and are not paid by the industry remained unconvinced. There are some indications that drinkers have lower incidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Most other benefits are not confirmed. This link is the best I found on this subject http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-term_effects_of_alcohol
I’m Joe and I’m in your corner.
excellent overall view and lists some tests to take if you think you may have an alcohol problem
Colon cancer rate rise with amount of alcohol consumed raising rates by as high as 25%.