By Obalakun Ayomide
Fermented Beverages (Alcohol) have been food for Man for so long.
Over the years the of taking Alcohol has been argued on as it is seen from a bad perspective by people (some people even think you no fit be better person if you dey take alcohol) .
However Alcohol is two-faced in nature. It could come as body enhancer or as a slow killer substance destroying the body and both sides are largely (if not fully) dependent on dosage.
This is because ethanol, which is the active ingredient in Alcohol affect the body in many ways ranging from directly influencing the stomach, brain, heart, gallbladder, and liver to affecting the levels of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and insulin in the blood, as well as inflammation and coagulation. It also alters mood, concentration, and coordination.
Now moderate use (and by moderate i mean a consumption rate at which the health benefits outweighs the risk which researchers and Authorised bodies put at 1 drink per day for a woman and 2 drinks for the Men where one drink contains about 12-14 grams of Alcohol. ) of alcohol as the following possible health benefits:
- Reduction in risk of Heart Attack
- Reduction in risk of having type 2 diabetes
- Reduction in risk of developing high blood pressure
- Reduction in damaging effects of existing cardiovascular disease. Moderate amounts of alcohol raise levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) and higher HDL levels are associated with greater protection against heart disease.
Moderate alcohol consumption has also been linked with beneficial changes ranging from better sensitivity to insulin to improvements in factors that influence blood clotting, such as tissue type plasminogen activator, fibrinogen, clotting factor VII, and von Willebrand factor.
Part of a national 1985 health interview survey showed that moderate drinkers were more likely than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers to be at a healthy weight, to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and to exercise regularly.
Now to the dark sides caused by lack of Moderation
1. inflammation of the liver (alcoholic hepatitis) and lead to scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), a potentially fatal disease.
2. Heavy drinking can increase blood pressure and damage heart muscle (cardiomyopathy).
3. Heavy drinking has also been linked with several cancers: The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research indicate that there is convincing evidence linking alcohol use to cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, breast, and colon and rectum in men
4. The risk is multiplied for drinkers who also smoke tobacco (igboo)
5. Many deaths have been traced to Heavy alcholism
6. Criminality is usually related to alcoholism as Alcohol plays a role in one in three cases of violent crime.
Now do not let your moderate drinking not be every time as even moderate drinking carries some risks. Alcohol can disrupt sleep. Its ability to cloud judgment is legendary. Alcohol interacts in potentially dangerous ways with a variety of medications, including acetaminophen, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, painkillers, and sedatives. It is also addictive, especially for people with a family history of alcoholism.
Now i think we see that If all drinkers limited themselves to around a single drink a day, we probably wouldn’t need as many cardiologists, liver specialists, mental health professionals, and substance abuse counselors. But not everyone who likes to drink alcohol stops at just one. While most people drink in moderation, some don’t and then they end up in hospitals as patients; prison as criminals, the street as mad men (government property as some say) and then we start hurling our hate on Alcohol when Alcohol in itself is extensively harmless.
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