Alcohol is commonly known as liquor. It is a fermented liquid that has an intoxicating effect, and can make a person drunk when taken in excess. Common reasons for alcohol intake are due to fun celebrations, stress, peer pressure and curiosity.
Most working folks use drinking alcohol as a means to put a pause on the stress they are going through such as, difficulty at work, family matters, relationship issues, financial problems just to name a few . Part of most celebrations include drinking, as this helps people to lose their inhibitions, and be carefree, which allows you to have more fun, and do things you do not usually do when you are sober. Some things are discovered due to curiosity and when people get curious, they try it. Some try it, like it, and get hooked to it while some are able to control their desire for it.
Different kinds of alcohol include beer, wine, whiskey, rum, cider, vodka, gin, tequila, soju and brandy.
Drinking alcohol also has positive effects as some health experts says that alcohol has health benefits in moderation. Here are a few of the benefits:
1. Reduced risk of diabetes
2. Reduced risk of ischemic stroke
3. Reduced risk of developing heart disease
4. Burn fat – helps in weight loss
5. Antioxidants – higher immunity to common colds
6. Memory booster – it helps you to have a sharper memory
7. It has some vitamin content – specifically beer, which has calcium which is good for the bones
8. Reduces risk of kidney stones
9. Heals sore throats
Moderate drinking means having a single alcoholic drink a day, matched with regular exercise, a healthy diet, and a positive outlook on life.
Alcohol may have its health benefits but most if not all hold the tendency for people to get addicted to it. This is caused by the environment, stages we go through in life, and the people we spend time with. Alcohol abuse happens when people use alcohol to get away from difficulties and some life situations. However, these situations do not just go away in an instant, but instead the situation can worsen, and the people become more addicted to the alcohol drinking.
Alcohol effects in our body differ per individual as we have different types of blood and family history. Alcohol offers a different variety of benefits and risks for each person. With that complexity, it would need a very careful assessment of the benefits and risks towards a person and each finding may be different from the other. So if you have not started drinking alcohol, I suggest you not to start at all, as a healthy diet and regular exercise should be enough for a healthy lifestyle. If you are already a heavy drinker, try to drink in moderation so not to suffer its effects once our body grows old and has a low immunity from what we drink and eat. Sometimes it is a little too late for us to regret the things we do especially to our body.