Understanding Alcohol And Your Body
It’s very important we all understand and be aware of whatever goes into our mouth, here I will be discussing the alcohol and the human body, but first, let get to know what the WHO says about alcohol
According to World Health Organization (WHO), “Alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people.
The poor usages of alcohol, overall, harmful use of alcohol is responsible for 5.1% of the global burden of disease.”
Alcohol is a volatile consumable substance formed when yeast ferments the sugar in some foods to generate energy. It is found naturally in grains and fruits.
Alcohol is also referred to as a drug, a depressant. It is a depressant because it slows down important body functions. It can be a stimulant or depressant depending on the amount consumed and how quickly it is consumed.
Alcohol found in different drinks is gotten from different sources. For instance, vodka is gotten from the sugar in potatoes, beets. wine is from grapes sugars, cider from apples and beer is from the sugar found in malted barley. It is divided into three types: beer, spirits, and wine.
It is widely consumed as a recreational drug in most countries of the world. It is likely the most consumed drink in most social gatherings everywhere around the world.
In some cultures, especially in Africa, it is a drink for the men though, in recent times, women have upped their game, so both males and females now take an alcoholic drink in a high quantity
The consumption of alcohol produces different effects in the human body which ranges from short-term effect to long-term effect. The short-term effect includes a feeling of excitement, confidence, impaired judgment, staggering, temporary stuttering, accidents, vomiting, etc
Depending on the amount consumed. The long-term effects include mental health challenges, diabetes, impotence, weight gain, different types of cancers, fertility challenges, strokes, dementia, high blood pressure, excessive urinating(because it affects the way your body regulates fluid), dehydration, and
It also affects memory. This is why people find it difficult to remember anything after heavy drinking.
Excessive intake of alcohol, can affect your social life negatively by making you behave antisocially, act unreasonable or lead you to commit acts of sexual harassment in public places. It can also lead to serious or minor crimes.
It can affect your work-life or the way you relate with other people at work.
As an addict, it also affects the way you spend your money because your body will crave alcohol more often than you can resist it.
When you consume alcohol, it takes some minutes to reach your brain and other parts as it is absorbed in the blood.
Alcohol affects you faster when you drink on empty an stomach when you have lower body muscle when you have low alcohol tolerance when your health condition is poor if you have used other stimulating drugs and when you have less body weight.
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After heavy drinking, drinkers usually experience a hangover. Which is characterized by headaches, tiredness, nausea, etc.
Alcohol consumption could be stirred by social and biological factors. While some learned to drink, some others inherited alcoholism from one or both alcoholic parents.
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