Interesting Facts About Alcohol

If you’re not careful with your drinking habits, you’ll get addicted to alcohol. This causes numerous health problems. In the right dosage, though, alcohol can have its fair share of benefits. Explore both situations with these interesting facts.

First things first, let’s see what a “drink” actually means. Beer, wine, and vodka are the most popular alcoholic beverages. But there are other liquid forms that people enjoy. Malt liquor, tequila, and scotch are some of these. There’s also something called a “standard drink.” This means the following: a drink, no matter which one, that has approximately 14 g of alcohol in its purest form. Pure alcohol is something like 1.2 tablespoons. It also signifies around 0.6 ounces of fluid.

There are many types of alcohol consumers. Some of them drink only 1 glass of wine or 1 beer per day; then there are others who consume over 5 glasses of various alcohol types. These are called binge drinkers. Another category of people who enjoy drinking: heavy drinkers. They will binge drink on at least five days in the past month.

The studies

In fact according to studies, 2.2% of teenagers (12-13 years old) were in the habit of drinking alcohol 2 years ago. Almost 46% of young people ranging in ages from 18 to 20 consumed drinks in that same period.alcohol

But if you’re under 18 or 21 and you drink alcohol, you risk serious health issues. The effects alcohol has on underage people include many grave situations. Homicide, alcohol poisoning, and even suicide are some of the most important problems. Alcohol abuse translates into these, too: injuries caused by burns and also traffic crashes.

High levels of alcohol can seriously damage the human brain. If you start drinking from a very early age, or you consume drinks in large quantities, your brain will experience slow reaction times. But this is only one of the issues. Others look like this: difficulty while walking, slurred speech, blackouts, and memory loss.

The effects

Heavy drinking affects pregnancy, as well. It can lead to teen pregnancy, too. In fact the sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have an increased chance of affecting people experiencing alcoholism.

The effects alcohol has on a woman’s brain are more pronounced compared to what a male heavy drinker goes through. Nerve damage, cirrhosis, and heart muscle damage are all attributed to drinking alcohol. And this happens even if women don’t drink that much. A woman is also known to metabolize a drink at a slower rate than a man.

Chronic alcohol use is responsible for brain size reduction. In fact the brain’s frontal lobes are damaged, too.

According to myth, drinking helps in the battle against depression. It doesn’t. Studies have actually shown that depression becomes worse.

People can become tolerant to alcohol, so they start drinking even more.

Among date rape drugs, alcohol is at number 1.

Binge and heavy drinking are one of the reasons men become impotent. Plus, if you drink 1 glass of wine every day, you’ll gain almost 5 kg in a year.

Alcohol abuse combined with drug abuse is even more cause for concern. Also, be careful: never mix medicine with alcohol!

Alcohol can be used as a local anesthetic.

One 5-oz. glass of wine and one 12-oz. beer mean the same in terms of alcohol quantity.

Over $1 billion were spent, by the alcohol industry, on various types of advertising in 1997.

Half a bottle containing 13% red wine requires around 34 minutes of running. That’s what it takes to burn off the accumulated calories.

What is now known as “toast” when speaking of alcohol was first used in Ancient Rome.

When the Prohibition was in full swing, temperance activists used the services of a scholar. The latter was asked to edit the Bible. How so? There were alcohol references throughout the holy texts.

Meanwhile, during the times of the early church, alcohol was considered one of God’s gifts for mankind.

Enjoying a glass of wine now and then is part of a healthy lifestyle. However, be aware that drinking more than that is dangerous.

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