Alcohol

Realities and Risks

What is alcohol?

Some people may say, the solution to all of life’s problems, but really alcohol is much more than that. Alcohol is a depressant, which is a type of drug used to decrease stimulation and increase relaxation. Alcohol lowers your neuro-transmission levels.

History of alcohol

Alcohol has been used for centuries but not just as a drug. Alcoholic beverages existed in early Egyptian civilization, and there is proof of an early alcoholic drink in China around 7000 B.C. The Babylonians praised a wine goddess as early as 2700 B.C. In the 16th century spirits (type of alcohol) was used for medicinal purposes such as cleaning wounds.

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How to reduce your intake.

Don't drink alcohol to quench your thirst.

Use spacers (alcohol free drinks) between alcoholic drinks to prevent excessive alcohol consumption.

Drink low alcohol beverages. Or even non alcoholic drinks

Count your drinks.

Don't gulp drinks. Take smaller sips.

Eat before drinking. The drink will take longer to absorb, so you will stay fuller for longer.

If you are a regular drinker, have at least two alcohol-free days each week. And slowly each week increase the amount of non-alcohol days.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: DO NOT USE ALCOHOL AS A STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION RELIEF.

Social acceptabilty.

Alcohol is used in everyday life. "Knock off work at 6pm, go to the pub." "It's your 21st, have a drink." New years eve, have a drink", Sound familiar? Society is the thing that is ramming it down our throats, if you don't drink you're considered to be "not manly enough" or "a killjoy."

So many people talk about how alcohol abuse is a massive problem but then they go and pressure people into drinking. There is so much contradiction in the world. we never stop and think if I keep complaining about alcohol problems, nothing will happen. You need to put your words into action and help out humanity.

It seems to be that if you drink alcohol more than twice a week you're labelled as an alcoholic, or if you don't drink alcohol you're labelled as a fun kill. Society has too many labels and judgements and that is why I believe the social acceptability of alcohol is extremely judgemental.