Nowadays hardly we come across parties, get togethers and meetings without vine, beer and other alcoholic drinks…
But is the little enjoyment and entertainment we get from drinking, worth the shot?!
lets find it out…..
Alcoholism and chronic use of alcohol are associated with numerous medical, psychiatric, social, and family problems.
Family members, including children, exposed to a first-degree relative’s alcohol problem are at risk for problems.
Children of parents with alcohol addiction, for example, show higher rates of alcoholism than children who do not have parents with an alcohol addiction.
It is important for social workers to keep in mind that alcohol and alcohol problems affect the health, safety, and well-being of themselves and those around them.
Lets see how alcohol affect you and those around you.
First let see how does your body react to alcohol!
BENEFITS TO YOUR BODY
Consumption of 355ml of beer or 25ml of spirit/ a glass of vine per day is beneficial to health.
It does have a positive impact on cardiovascular health.
Reduces the chance of Diabetes.
Reduces the chance of blood clots formation in the blood thus preventing strokes and heart attacks.
Note –“ Even so, the evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol isn’t certain, and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks” – MayoClinic
Harmful effects to your body
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Drinking too much alcohol can also considerably increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.
Harmful effects to the society (in US alone)
Alcohol related crashes kills one person every 22 minutes. This does not only affect the alcoholic drivers but how many more innocent lives do they take by crashing into other vehicles and people?
105,000 alcohol related deaths annually due to drunken drivers and alcohol related injuries and disease.
Alcohol related accidents are the leading cause of deaths among young people.
Drunk drivers are responsible for 1/2 of highway fatal injuries.
Rape – More than 1/2 of rapists had been drunk while commiting the vile act.
Child abuse – mothers convicted are 3 times more likely to be alcoholics – fathers 10 times more likely. Hence destruction of family..Guess what’s going to happen to these children when they grow up?
Suicide – Up to 36% of victims were drinking just before. The suicide rate of alcoholics is 30 times that of the general population.
Heavy drinking is involved in 60% of violent crimes, 30% of suicides, and 80% of fire and drowning accidents.
9% of 1,000 live births have fetal alcohol syndrome.