All you need to know about alcohol is based on how it affects you negatively. This knowledge will help you feel safe from all alcohol related complications.
Alcohol being the most abused substance the world over sends likeminded people thinking on the possible remedies to correct this uncalled for habit. We are living in a world where alcohol consumption is the order of the day despite the known risks involved. Have you ever thought of a society free from alcohol! If you haven’t then you need to start visualizing that in your mind. To help you get the clearer picture of how that society will be I want to propose for you something, an assignment you can do on your own at your convenient time. Take some time and visit a bar where revelers drink all kinds of alcoholic drinks, smoke all kinds of smoke-able substances kindly don’t drink or smoke while there, just observe sit and observe and record all that you see for a day or two. Then do the same thing in a restaurant where there is no sale of any alcoholic drinks or smoking. Go to that hotel where smoking and alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited and make the same observation recording what you see happening there.
After the observations analyze the findings and you will get the sharp contrast of the two, there will be peace and harmony where there is no smoking or drinking compared to that bar. Your findings may not miss fighting, recklessness, prostitution, sound pollution, theft, other substance abuse and many inhuman activities. That is the society we live in when alcohol consumption is the order of the day a complete contrast of the other side where there is harmony and i deal communication when alcohol consumption is not in the picture. With that brief understanding of alcohol we want to further on this discussion by finding out more about this substance. What is this substance called alcohol?
There are several ways of defining alcohol but for the purpose of this article we will say that “alcohol is a drug that slows down parts of your brain, consumption of alcohol can make you feel more relaxed at times and It can also make it harder for you to think clearly, make good decisions and do various tasks.” Alcohol is made by fermenting (and sometimes distilling) fruits, vegetables or grains. Alcohol itself is a clear liquid. The colour in beer, spritzers, wine and other alcoholic drinks comes from other ingredients and from the process of fermentation.
Most adults drink alcohol, and do so responsibly. But because alcohol is a drug, there may be risks if you drink any amount of alcohol. According to studies conducted in 2005 in Canada, about two-thirds (62%) of all Ontario students (grade 7—12) reported drinking at least once in the past year translating to about 603,400 students. One in 10 students (10%) drank alcohol once a week.
- One in four male students (25%) and one in five females (20%) reported binge drinking (five or more drinks at one time) in the past month.
- More than half of the alcohol consumed in Canada is beer, the most popular alcoholic drink followed by other liquor rum and vodka at 26 per cent and wine at 21 per cent.
- Canadians spend about $12.4 billion a year on alcohol.
- About 10 per cent of Canadians are dependent on alcohol at some time in their lives.
- If a female and a male both have an average body type and weigh the same, drinking the same amount of alcohol will have the same effect on each of them. This is not true “males have more water in their bodies than females. This means the alcohol gets more diluted in males, and so a male will notice less effect than a female of the same body weight and body type who drank the same amount of alcohol.”
- Coolers and regular strength beer contain the same amount of alcohol. This is not true either because “most 12 oz/341 mL coolers are 6.9 per cent alcohol, while a regular 12 oz/341 mL bottle of beer is five per cent alcohol meaning that there is nearly one-and-a-half times as much alcohol in a cooler as in a regular strength bottle of beer.”
- Some people can drink a lot without seeming to get drunk. This is actually true in the sense that “a person who often drinks a lot may not look drunk because his or her body is used to the alcohol. But even if a person doesn’t look drunk after drinking, the alcohol still has an effect. The person still has too much alcohol in his or her blood to deal safely with risky situations, such as braking quickly while driving. You should never be a passenger in a car when the driver has been drinking. When possible, you should also try to stop the person from driving or getting into dangerous situations.”
- Drinking coffee, working up a sweat, or having a cold shower will sober you up. Many people would want to believe this but it is not true “because it is only time which will make you sober. Your liver eliminates alcohol at a certain rate and nothing will change that rate. Your liver needs about 1.5 hours to eliminate one standard drink from your body.”
Is alcohol addictive? Yes, alcohol can be addictive. About one person in 20 who drinks is dependent on alcohol. People with an addiction may have difficulty stopping by themselves, even if they want to, and even if other negative effects (such as financial or other personal problems) begin to outweigh the positive effects. Alcohol dependence can also cause major problems with friends, family, school, work, emotional and mental health, the law and money!
What is a standard drink? Each of these drinks contains the same amount of alcohol (a “standard drink” or 13.6 grams of alcohol):
- A 1.5 oz/43 mL shot of liquor (sometimes known as spirits; e.g., rye, rum, whisky, vodka).
- A 3-oz/85 mL glass of fortified wine (e.g., sherry, port, vermouth)
- A 12-oz/341 mL can or bottle of regular strength beer
- A 5 oz/142 mL glass of table wine
Alcohol is found in different amounts in different kinds of drinks. For example:
- Regular strength beer contains five per cent alcohol (some beers contain higher or lower percentages)
- Table wine contains about 12 per cent alcohol
- Fortified wine contains 16 to 18 per cent alcohol
- Most liquor contains 40 per cent alcohol.
An average adult can discharge alcohol from the body mostly by passing urine about two-thirds of one standard drink per hour which is 10 grams of alcohol. If such a person consumes two standard drinks, it will take about three hours for his or her body to be free of alcohol again indicating that if you were to get drunk then it is only passage of time can make you sober again. We will continue discussing this topic in our subsequent articles but for now I want to draw your attention to the services of Dr. Dalal Akoury who is an addiction professional of several decades and the who founded AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center where she is offering her exclusive NER Recovery Treatment to other physicians and health care professionals through training, clinical apprenticeships, webinars and seminars. Your alcohol problems will be very safe in her care and you and any of your friends can now be a part of this truly successful and fast addiction recovery treatment.