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Alcoholic beverages are familiar sights in nearly all social gatherings. For many years, people have been drinking alcohol for several different reasons, such as to celebrate an occasion, to achieve a sense of euphoria, to cultivate group relationships, to deal with some personal problems, or to forget conflicts within the family. Although some of the side effects of alcohol drinking are temporary, others can be long-term and may only show later in life. Among the health risks of drinking alcohol include:
Disease: Alcohol abuse can increase your chances of contacting diseases like cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, throat cancer, and breast cancer. It is also believed that heavy alcohol drinking can cause some psychological disorders, as well as sex-related problems, such as impotence.
Pregnancy Issues: Expecting mothers are usually advised by doctors to stop drinking alcohol for their own safety, as well as that of the fetus’ in their womb. There is no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy. Pregnant women who drink alcohol are exposing their unborn child to the risk of acquiring Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Syndrome – one of the common causes of mental retardation and whose effects can be irreversible.
Stress: There was a study that link alcohol consumption in teenagers to social isolation. The researchers found that teens drinking alcohol often feel lonely and see themselves as social outcasts in schools. It’s important to understand that you can still live a happier life even if you are not under the influence of alcohol. Depression and mood swings are also very common occurrences in individuals who often go on drinking spree.
Legal Problems: Alcohol drinking is one of the top reasons behind road accidents in teenagers. If you are in the habit of drinking, it’s very likely that at one point or another you are bound to experience some legal problems that can potentially take a heavy toll on your life. Statistics show that among college students under 21 alone, 430,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
It may be alright to have a bit of alcohol every now and then to celebrate, but it is always better to do so in moderate quantities. While our mental image of drinking too much may include episodes of dizziness, blacking out and waking up the next day with a major headache, those who have had too much to drink on a continuous basis may find themselves in a more difficult situation.
Addiction to the substance has serious consequences to the body. It can trigger serious damage to brain cells, and more often than not, you find yourself having trouble staying conscious at will. You may also find yourself unable to walk, and may even suffer a coma.
Because the brain cells are fried from excessive alcohol consumption, it is no surprise that too much of the substance can lead to memory loss. The mental damage that alcohol gives to the brain is permanent; there is currently no possible way to recover the brain cells that you have lost. Behavior is affected because of this mental change, and the people close to you may suffer the most.
So before you indulge yourself during the holidays, try to think about alcohol’s effects on the body. While it may be all right to drink and be merry, it is advisable to drink only the amount that your body can take. Anything beyond is dangerous for your body and mind.
It is during this time that drinking responsibly becomes something of utmost importance. Doing so not only shows that you respect your own body, but it also gives the impression that you know how to handle yourself quite well.