Drink Alcohol: It can make You Happy and Healthy
Does alcohol make you happy and healthy? Yes, alcohol can you make you happy and healthy.
But it can also cause untold misery, various health problems, and even death if consumed excessively.Yes, alcohol can you make you happy and healthy.
Matt Groenig said, “Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life’s problems.”
Man’s affinity with alcohol probably started around 2700 B.C. when the Babylonians worshiped a wine goddess. Since then alcohol has been used to go with meals, graced happy occasions like parties, social occasions, closing business deals, strengthening friendships. It is the drink of choice to drown out sorrows or simply to relax.
It has also caused strained relationships, caused breakups, accidents, countless deaths, and crimes.
Alcohol makes you happy to a certain point because it helps the brain release endorphins – chemicals that produce feelings of pleasure.
Beyond that, everything becomes hazy; you lose your inhibitions and start acting like a complete idiot. inhibition and start acting like a complete idiot.
Regularly drinking moderate quantities of alcohol can be beneficial to your health. For example For seniors, a drink or two a day can help sharpen or improve memory. Too much of it can damage the liver.Too much alcohol can cause liver damage, but a drink or two per day can help people 60 above, improve their memory.
Drinking moderate quantities of alcohol is beneficial to you. For example, a study detailed in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias shows that seniors regularly consuming moderate amounts of alcohol are generally healthier.ed that studies have shown that elderly
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1. Protection against the common cold:
A study done in 2002 by Spanish researchers showed that people who drink eight to 14 glasses of alcohol per week have a 60% reduction in the risk of getting the common cold.
A similar done on non-smokers done by the Department of Psychology at the Carnegie Mellon University showed the same results.also gave the same results among non-smokers.showed a decrease in common cold cases among non-smokers.
Although they were not able to establish a direct relationship between alcohol and the common cold, they theorized it was due to the antioxidant properties of red wine.
2. Improving libido:
A 2006 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that alcohol drinkers have 25 to 30% less chance of experiencing erectile dysfunction.
However, lead researcher and epidemiologist at the University of West Australia, Kew-Kim, cautioned men not to drink alcohol prior to having sex because they haven’t established a direct connection between the two.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to take a glass or two to put you in the mood for intimacy. Just don’t overdo it. As the saying goes, “Alcohol increases the urge, but decreases the performance.”
3. Lowers the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CDV):
“Moderate amounts of alcohol raises the levels of the good cholesterol, HDL, which is associated with greater protection against heart disease,” according to the School of Public Health at Harvard University.
It also improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is one of the factors that influence blood clotting, preventing the formation of small blood clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck, and brain.
4. Reduces the risk of gallstones:
A study done by the University of East Anglia, in the U.K. shows that moderate drinking reduces the risk of gallstone formation by one-third.
They were swift to caution, too, that excessive drinking may lead to other health problems.
5. Lowers the risk of developing diabetes:
Healthy elderly people who moderately drink alcohol have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a Dutch study.
This, again, reinforces the need for a healthy lifestyle to avoid unnecessary and costly medical conditions.
6. It reduces the risk of dementia:
Dementia is a chronic disorder of the mental processes due to brain disease or injury.
In 1977 a study of 365,000 people showed that moderate drinkers are 23% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia – Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment Journal.
This, according to researchers, is because moderate amounts of alcohol stress and toughen brain cells making them cope with any future stressors that can cause dementia.
Non-drinkers, however, are not advised to start drinking. There are other ways to avoid dementia other than alcohol.
7. Makes you live longer:
Yes, it can (to allow you to drink some more) according to a study done by the Catholic University, Washington D.C. The study (reported by Reuters) shows that drinking two to four drinks per day reduces the risk of early death by 18%.
Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano, the co-author of the study, said, “This is another feature of the Mediterranean diet, where alcohol, wine above all, is the ideal partner for a dinner or lunch.”
When is alcohol bad for the health?
Alcohol can make you happy and healthy. It can also be bad for your health and care should be exercised in its consumption.
As you grow old, your body loses some of its water-carrying capacity, So when you drink your body has less water to dilute the alcohol you took. With a higher concentration of alcohol in your system, you get intoxicated faster than you younger counterparts.
Excessive drinking of alcohol can damage the liver, heart, and the brain. It damages the bones and the muscles and increases the risk of developing certain cancers and immune system disorders.
I am ambivalent about alcohol. I think it is a matter of discipline.
My father died from sclerosis of the liver due to too much drinking. And I was very sickly in my youth until somebody suggested that I “dirty” my body with a little bit of alcohol. It worked.
That made me engage in binge-drinking until I realized how stupid it is to be carried home, drunk, by friends or vomit on the kitchen sink.
Now I stick to two bottles of beer on weekend nights. It is my idea of chilling out.
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