What are the risk factors of drinking alcohol?
No doubt, alcohol can make a night of fun. Drinking (to some extent) can give you confidence, make you less inhibited, better a dancer, more entertaining, and braver in getting what you want. But it’s worth thinking if you get what you want, or, what do you want? And even assume that when you get what you want, how sustainable is it that most of the time you are sober, and therefore, not so sure, not so good a dancer?
How sensible is it to trust alcohol to provide that temporary “overcoming”? Is there a better way you can improve yourself (in a less risky way) in the ways you want?
The risky part is the most problematic aspect. Alcohol, moderately, can be fun, but there is a thin line between improvement and disability, between glory and humiliation! Most people like to think that they can control their alcohol consumption to draw that line, but, being honest, how many times “just one or two drinks” has turned into an all-night party and a hangover from all day. The problem is that when you are making the decision to take the third or fourth drink or not, your ability to decide is already damaged.
Ask yourself, seriously, is alcohol something you need? Is it something that you can easily leave without having a significant impact on your lives? Can you afford the money you spend to buy alcohol and the time you use to recover from its effect on something better?
Muslims can not drink alcohol. This is one of the five universal codes of conduct that one should maintain in his/her daily life and these are the main reason why using and drinking alcoholic beverages are forbidden and proscribed by Islamic law:
- Do not kill living beings
- Do not steal
- Do not commit adultery
- Not lie
- Do not consume alcohol or intoxicants
Some believe that this must be taken very seriously, for example, in Islam, breaking the fifth code of conduct is the most serious of all.
If you consider self-discipline based on the five codes of conduct, you will find that each of the five codes of conduct are more or less independent. If you break any of the first four codes of code, it will not normally cause the breaking of any other code, however, if the fifth is not met, the risk of breaking all the previous four codes of conduct will increase.
When you drink you say more than you want, and something is true: you can break the other four codes of conduct. If you have an obvious adulterous tendency, it will manifest itself when you are drunk. If you have tendencies to steal, you will find it difficult to keep your hands still when you are drunk. If you are normally in a bad mood, then when you are drunk your violence will be uninhibited. Alcohol may be the only reason why you break all codes of conduct.
What is health and physical well being?
The consumption of alcohol leads to many deaths each year. Alcoholism is the third most preventable cause of death in the United States, after smoking and obesity. These deaths can be due to health complications caused by alcohol (eg cirrhosis) or accidents caused by alcohol (drunk drivers).
Alcohol also creates risk in children. There is a health risk in fetuses when a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, and also, when parents drink alcohol, they may not be as alert and less able to protect their children from harm.
Speaking of obesity, alcohol gets a little fat and does not have great nutritional value. The alcohol is metabolized rapidly by the body. The liver, which normally metabolizes fatty acids, first metabolizes the alcohol in our system, and leaves the fatty acids accumulated. When alcohol is consumed regularly, it can permanently change the cellular structure of the liver leaving it more fatty and with lower performance.
The World Health Organization, in a document called “Healthy Living“, explains the physical risks of alcohol consumption as follows:
What alcohol will do to your body?
- Increase in blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack;
- Stomach disorders;
- Depression and emotional disorders;
- Cancer, particularly in the mouth, throat and esophagus;
- Hepatitis and cirrhosis hepatica;
- Bad nutrition;
- Accidents at home, work or on the roads;
What does alcohol do to your family? and What are the effects of alcoholism on a family?
- Violence, accidents (probably influenced by you);
- Less spending on food (leading to poor nutrition);
- If you are pregnant you can harm your baby.
We must also admit that some studies show that moderate alcohol consumption may have some health benefits. I think the question is whether those benefits outweigh the risks and benefits of not drinking …
Is alcohol bad for the brain?
Alcohol also has an effect on your mind, both long and short term. The World Salus Organization describes some serious consequences of alcohol consumption, including depredation and emotional disorders, suicide, bad example for children, and increased risk of divorce.
Most of us are not close to those serious consequences, but it is still worth considering how our mind is affected by alcohol consumption. We need to consider two aspects:
- Our mental state when we decide to drink alcohol (eg, why drink it, the cause);
- The effect on our mental state when drinking alcohol.
CAUSE: Why do people choose to drink alcohol?
Many people enjoy taking one or two drinks, however, there are probably many things that you enjoy and that are not so good for you. Why not minimize some things and not others? For example, you may love chocolate, but you could not take more than two pieces each night when you get home from work. But many people take a couple of glasses of wine or beers after work, every night, as normal. What is the difference?
I think the main question is “why exactly do we enjoy drinking?” This is really a difficult question to answer. Here are some possible answers: I like the taste, it is sociable, it makes me feel more relaxed, it makes me be less shy and more entertaining (this is probably debatable, it depends on if you think that talking loudly, singing badly and dancing ridiculously is entertaining, and also inversely proportional to the amount of alcohol I consume). Again, there are potentially good and bad reasons to drink. Everyone needs to make their own decision about how much the pros and cons weigh.
Sometimes we use alcohol with a medicinal sense, to relax and feel better. We had a hard day. We have worked a lot all week. We deserve a drink. Our boyfriend / girlfriend left us and we need to forget how much it hurts. Many people use alcohol as a way to avoid dealing with the difficulties that arise in life.
I have already discussed the potential and serious physical and health damage of alcohol consumption. Alcohol also has an effect on our mind.
Alcohol can irresponsibly encourage us, making it difficult for us to be responsible for the consequences of our own actions, words and thoughts. We say things we should not say, we do things we should not do, we embarrass ourselves, we damage our reputation or that of others.
Alcohol can harm friendships and relationships. People may start drinking to be sociable, but by the end of the night they have broken bottles on someone else’s head. Or maybe they say things they would not say while being sober. Or they would do things they would not do if they were not under the influence of alcohol.
Even if we had a fabulous time and controlled alcohol to do nothing very harmful to our bodies or that of others, minds or reputations, the next day we will have a hangover and lose time that we could have used more productively.
How do we use the energy we get from alcohol?
When we think about the health impacts of what we consume, we usually think about the qualities of the food or drink, its nutritional values, whether or not it has impurities like bacteria or artificial preservatives, however, we rarely think about the impact of how we tend to use the energy we gain from what we consume. It is important to consider how we use our energy, and if we use it for something positive or something less useful.
For example, in the morning, when you wake up and have breakfast. This provides you with calories that you can burn during your daily activities. You probably burn some of that energy by going to work (walking to the bus, riding a bike, etc.) and you will burn more of that energy by working, so that you can have income to provide food and shelter for you and your family. We can also use that energy obtained from our daily meals for less worthy purposes, we are closer to making intelligent decisions about our actions while we are sober!
I think we should be very careful about what we consume for our body, and also how we use the energy we get from what we consume, so that we have no waste and spend our energy doing worthwhile things.
It is good to think about the types of activities we tend to do after drinking. For most people the activities are not so harmful, but an important question is whether those activities are particularly useful. After a couple of drinks, you may sing a little more, make some strange movements when you dance, or even take a nap. However, if you can not keep the drink under control, you could do things that are not sensible at all, and you might well live to regret it.
Even if you are able to control the drink to a level that you do not believe harm, physical or mental, to yourself or others, ask yourself: Could you use your energy in a better way? Are you losing energy in frivolous activities when that energy could be better used in anything else? If you’re fighting a bit with the idea that alcohol is energy, then i think it would be better to replace the word “energy” with “money” in those questions.
How much money do we spend on alcohol?
Alcohol is expensive. Even if you can afford it, and you and your family are not starving, it’s worth thinking about whether or not that money could be put to better use. Every day forty thousand people starve to death in a world where there is an abundance of food.The Word Bank official poverty line is $ 1.25 a day. Figures from August 2016 show that about 2 billion people in the developing world (that’s one in every five people) were living on less than $ 1.5 a day (that’s about $ 10.5 a week).
Peter Singer in his book “The Life You Can save” encourages us to think about hungry and dying people because they do not have enough money to eat and get medical treatment.
Let’s say you drink two bottles of wine per week, and that they cost around $ 18.00 each, then you spend $ 36 per week on alcohol. That same amount of money could:
- To be used to allow 20 people to eat two meals a day for one day, instead of just one day for the whole week;
- It is the difference between life and death for a sick child whose parents can not afford treatment in a hospital.
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Admit that it is not easy to give money to someone who needs it directly, but it is not impossible. And the fact is that if we donate $ 36 per week, only a part of them will become food or medical treatment for those who need it, but that is not a reason not to help. Some money is better than nothing. Read Peter Singer’s book and get the accounts for yourself. Are you spending so much money on alcohol to feed a family for a week?
Check the alcoholic beverages price list below, and think twice before you buy the alcoholic drinks:
|Ballantine’s Finest||1 lt||78.00||21.67|
|Dewar’s White Label||1 lt||78.00||21.67|
|Famous Grouse||1 lt||78.00||21.67|
|Johnnie Walker Red Label||1 lt||78.00||21.67|
|Passport Whisky||1 lt||64.00||17.78|
|Whyte & Mackay||1 lt||73.00||20.28|
|William Grant’s||1 It||72.00||20.00|
|Ballantine’s 12 Yrs Old||1 lt||135.00||37.50|
|Ballentine’s 30 Yrs Old||70 cl||1330.00||369.44|
|Chivas Regal 12 Yrs Old||1 lt||115.00||31.94|
|Chivas Regal 18 Yrs Old||1 lt||396.00||110.00|
|Dewars 12 Yrs Old||1 lt||144.00||40.00|
|John Walker & Sons Odyssey||70 cl||3550.00||986.11|
|Johnnie Walker Black Label||1 lt||115.00||31.94|
|Johnnie Walker Blue Label||1 lt||930.00||258.33|
|Johnnie Walker Double Black||1 lt||175.00||48.61|
|Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve||1 lt||218.00||60.56|
|Johnnie Walker Blue King George V||75 cl||1775.00||493.06|
|Bailey’s Irish Cream||1 lt||90.00||25.00|
|Johnnie Walker XR 21Yrs Old||1lt||476.00||132.22|
|Royal Salute 21 Yrs Old||1lt||659.00||183.06|
|Royal Salute 32 Yrs Old Union of the Crowns||50 cl||1368.00||380.00|
|The John Walker||75 cl||13100.00||3638.89|
|AMERICAN & CANADIAN WHISKEY||VOL||DHS||USD|
|Jack Daniel’s||1 lt||126.00||35.00|
|Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack||1 lt||170.00||47.22|
|Jim Beam White||1 lt||82.00||22.78|
|Southern Comfort||1 lt||95.00||26.39|
|Woodford Reserve||1 lt||175.00||48.61|
|Tullamore Dew||1 lt||90.00||25.00|
|Glenfiddich Select Cask||1 lt||210.00||58.33|
|Glenfiddich 21 Yrs Old||70 cl||575.00||159.72|
|Macallan Select Oak||1 lt||256.00||71.11|
|The Dalmore 12 Yrs Old||1 lt||270.00||75.00|
|The Glenlivet Master Distiler’s Reserve||1 lt||185.00||51.39|
|Glenmorangie Original||1 lt||195.00||54.17|
|Dom Pérignon Vintage||75 cl||560.00||155.56|
|Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose||75 cl||280.00||77.78|
|Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut||75 cl||145.00||40.28|
|Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial||75 cl||185.00||51.39|
|Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut||75 cl||168.00||46.67|
|Veuve Clicquot Rosé||75 cl||199.00||55.28|
|Martell VS Fine Champagne||1 lt||198.00||55.00|
|Hennessy VS||1 lt||175.00||48.61|
|Meukow VS||1 lt||135.00||37.50|
|Hennessy VSOP||1 lt||262.00||72.78|
|Martell VSOP||1 lt||262.00||72.78|
|Remy Martin Cellar No 16||1 lt||262.00||72.78|
|Hennessy XO||1 lt||875.00||243.06|
|Martell XO||1 lt||875.00||243.06|
|Remy Martin Cellar No 28||1 lt||875.00||243.06|
|Bardinet Napoleon||1 lt||53.00||14.72|
|Metaxa 5 Stars||1 lt||95.00||26.39|
|St Remy XO||1 lt||86.00||23.89|
|Bombay Sapphire||1 lt||86.00||23.89|
|Gordon’s Dry||1 lt||63.00||17.50|
|Absolut Original||1 lt||74.00||20.56|
|Ciroc Original & Flavours||1 lt||175.00||48.61|
|Grey Goose Original & Flavours||1 lt||183.00||50.83|
|Smirnoff Red||1 lt||55.00||15.28|
|Belvedere Vodka||1 lt||183.00||50.83|
|Bacardi 8 Anos||1 lt||122.00||33.89|
|Bacardi Gold||1 lt||72.00||20.00|
|Bacardi White Superior||1 lt||69.00||19.17|
|Captain Morgan Black||1 lt||52.00||14.44|
|Havana Club 3 Yrs Old||1 lt||68.00||18.89|
|Jose Cuervo Especial (Gold)||1 lt||75.00||20.83|
|Patron Reposado||1 lt||215.00||59.72|
|Patron Silver||1 lt||200.00||55.56|
|Sauza Silver||1 lt||70.00||19.44|
|Amarula Cream||1 lt||85.00||23.61|
|Bailey’s Chocolat Luxe||50 cl||85.00||23.61|