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Topic: Alcohol, An Underestimated Risk. 🍷🍹🍸🍺

Photo #1 from Toronto, Canada by Cinder made on 2018-12-02 19:27 for Sola

We all know about alcohol, across the Globe is has been a popular drink for hundreds of years. Alcohol was safer in many areas than water itself but in this age we know the impacts. They aren't worth it.

A drink here and there at a socialal gathering for many is not an issue, but for others who are genetically susceptible to addictions or who drink more regularly than even they might realize, there is risk to themselves, their futures, and their families.

"Alcohol is a depressant drug that slows down your body's central nervous system.

While a small amount of alcohol may provide health benefits for some, drinking excessively can cause serious health issues."

Photo #2 from Toronto, Canada by Cinder made on 2018-12-02 19:27 for Sola

Obviously you've heard this over and over again, don't drink excessively, use moderation blah blah blah. Health class lectures, parental advisery against it etc. You've heard it. I hope to change your perspective on the mindset of "it only impacts me, it's my body and I like it" I'll go more in depth in my part 2 of this card.

Negative Coping Mechanism

If your reasoning for drinking like many is that it helps to relieve stress or it feels good than you should be worried. Using Alcohol in this way leads to the development of mental processes so that this becomes your coping mechanism for stress.

This is a step towards addiction. Think you can think your way out of it? You're likely wrong, because addiction isn't just mental, it is physical. You're body will end up in withdrawl when you try to get off of it later on and at later stages there's almost no chance of reversal.

Start pushing yourself to develop healthier coping mechanisms. Don't go for drugs or for alcohol.

Photo #3 from Toronto, Canada by Cinder made on 2018-12-02 19:27 for Sola

Cancer

"Habitual drinking increases the risk of cancer," says Jurgen Rehm, PhD, chairman of the University of Toronto's department of addiction policy and a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Dementia

"As people age, their brains shrink, on average, at a rate of about 1.9% per decade. That's considered normal. But heavy drinking speeds the shrinkage of certain key regions in the brain, resulting in memory loss and other symptoms of dementia" (WebMd)

Alcohol is unnecessary and in the long run and even short term with the risk of drinking and driving or the lab of control while drunk. Prohibition might have been unsuccessful and we might all be able to make the choice as to whether we can drink with moderation or if we just want to drink to forget but why risk the negatives when you could just have a Cola and be social and remember, or get help to cope in bad situations with assistance from friends, family, therapists or even some Google strategies to deal with stress.

Hopefully if this didn't shift your thoughts my next card will be more impactful.

Choose to Pass on Alcohol

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Activist Goat
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No thanks, I like my alcohol and I consume it in small quantities and usually only in the weekends. I'll probably die of a horrible disease due to other health hazards.
CinderAuthor
Moderation is key, you know yourself.
DELETED USER
I don't drink alcohol, I never drank it. Actually I did have an accidental sip once, because I didn't know it was alcohol and that's about it. I only drink water.
CinderAuthor
Good choice.
Nina One
As an addiction therapist I applaud you. In case you haven’t included this in your next card, low risk drinking guidelines recommend no more than two drinks a day, 10 per week for women, and three drinks a day, 15 per week for men, with an extra drink allowed on special occasions. I personally suggest people don’t drink daily.
CinderAuthor
Thanks for the added information.
True.Shane
Alcohol is healthy it cleans out your tubes and all your insides real good, kills germs
CinderAuthor
"In theory a high enough alcohol concentration with sufficient exposure to gut or oral tissue could kill bacteria but will in all likelihood also damage the gut lining. It’s not advised alcohol be used as a regular disinfectant to treat tummy bugs or throat infections." https://theconversation-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/theconversation.com/amp/health-check-does-drinking-alcohol-kill-the-germs-it-comes-into-contact-with-83504?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQHCAFYAYABAQ%3D%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Ftheconversation.com%2Fhealth-check-does-drinking-alcohol-kill-the-germs-it-comes-into-contact-with-83504 Apparently red wine could in theory work but you'd need a lot.
Fretless 🎸
Cinder, red wine was a myth or still is.The resveratrol has some minor effect against oxitative celllular stress. You are right, you would have to trink far too much to gain a positive effect from the resveratrol point of view. The observed positive effects of Mediterranean diets, is not only based on red wine it's more the lifestyle itself and the consumption of healthy vegetables an fruits. The same might be the case for the so called French paradox.
True.Shane
I was half joking but that's actually kind of surprising. I'm still using it as a substitute for brushing my teeth the morning after when I wake up late. At least that'll be my excuse haha
Fr€€5T¥l3r
Why you should think before you drink? Because thinking gets harder after every drink 😂
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