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