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The benefits and harms of alcohol

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    People generally are quite well acquainted with what benefits are attributed to alcohol, for instance enjoyment of temporary happiness, strength increase of a short time, colour becomes clearer, initially (as to some medical claim).

    Compared to the few limited benefits of alcohol its risks and harms are so varied that, perhaps so many disadvantages may not be present in any other thing.

    1. Through alcohol, the stomach gradually loses its ability to function properly.
    2. Causes loss of appetite.
    3. It spoils ones facial features (Appearance)
    4. Makes one age quicker.
    5. Weakens and reduces the ability to think and speak properly.
    6. Causes heart failure
    7. The progeny of alcohol are weaker.
    8. Creates fights and enmity between people
    9. Leads towards grave sins, often adultery and murder are the direct results of drinking.
    10. Thousands of pounds are wasted in this vice


    Dr M Robertson states, "If half the pubs and bottle stores were closed, I guarantee that half the hospitals and jails will remain closed."

    Those who have stopped repented sincerely have not failed to arrive to the conclusion that alcohol is the mother of all evils, a deadly poison from which one must abstain.

    The Danger: The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Alcohol is a sedative hypnotic. It is a powerful drug available to virtually anyone who wants to try it. Buzzed: The straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy describes the effects of alcohol on the body: Buzzed Book Jacket Graphic

    * About 20 percent of alcohol is absorbed through stomach, and most of the rest is absorbed through the small intestine. Alcohol molecules are carried through the bloodstream and come into contact with the cells of virtually all the organs. When someone drinks on an empty stomach, the blood absorbs the alcohol rapidly. The body also absorbs higher concentrations of alcohol, such as mixed drinks or shots, very quickly

    Group "A"
    Ethanol Dose (oz/hour)
    1-4 or up to 100 (mg/100ml)

    Function Impaired
    Judgment, fine motor coordination, reaction time

    Physical State
    Happy, talkative, boastful
    Group "B"
    Ethanol Dose (oz/hour)
    4-12 or 100-300 (mg/100ml)

    Function Impaired
    Motor coordination, reflexes

    Physical State
    Staggering gait, slurred speech, nausea, vomiting
    Group "C"
    Ethanol Dose (oz/hour)
    12-16 or 300-400 (mg/100ml)

    Function Impaired
    Voluntary responses to stimulation

    Physical State
    Hypothermia, hyperthermia, anesthesia
    Group "D"
    Ethanol Dose (oz/hour)
    12-16 or 400-600 (mg/100ml)

    Function Impaired
    Sensation, movement, self-protective reflexes

    Physical State
    *In a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness;
    unable to respond to external stimuli
    Group "E"
    Ethanol Dose (oz/hour)
    12-16 or 600-900 (mg/100ml)

    Function Impaired
    Breathing, heart function

    Physical State

    * After drinking, people usually feel pleasure and become talkative at first. The feelings are usually replaced by drowsiness as the alcohol is eliminated from body, and the drinker may become withdrawn. This pattern often encourages people to drink more to keep the buzz going.

    * Immediate medical attention is necessary if a person becomes unconscious, is impossible to arouse or seems to have trouble breathing.

    * Drinking a high concentration of alcohol in a short period of time can suppress the centers of the brain that control breathing and cause a person to pass out or even die.

    * When people pass out, their bodies continue to absorb alcohol. The amount of alcohol in the blood can reach dangerous levels, and they can die in their sleep. Continue to check on someone who has gone to sleep drunk. Do not leave that person alone.

    * It is dangerous to combine alcohol with other drugs, especially those that make you sleepy

    * Most alcohol is metabolized in the liver and then excreted. When someone drinks more alcohol than their liver can handle efficiently, the additional alcohol accumulates in the blood and body tissues.