Many consider alcohol as their best companion during testing times. It is seen as the easiest way to alleviate stress due to its psychoactive effects which allow drinkers to achieve a sense of relief and to dissociate themselves from reality.
But the question arises, “Does drinking result in happiness?” A recent study by the University of Kent refutes such claims and says that drinking produces “feel-good” chemicals, which provide only momentary happiness. Over longer periods, drinking may not exhilarate an alcoholic any longer and may cause the worse hangovers.
Led by Dr. Ben Baumberg Geiger of the University’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and Dr. George MacKerron of the University of Sussex, the study focused on the impact of alcohol on people’s happiness over a specific period of time.
To find the correlation between alcohol and elation, the researchers simultaneously carried out a cohort-based study involving people aged 30–42 years with an alcohol problem and an iPhone-based survey involving young and wealthy participants. The results revealed that alcohol was not by any means connected to the wellbeing of a person over a particular time period, barring the situations where alcoholism became a serious problem that automatically made a person unhappy.
Though the participants represented just a smaller group and not a large community, the study pointed at the failure of alcohol to ensure long-term pleasant moments in a person’s life. On the contrary, alcohol acts as a mind-altering substance that can offer only a short-lived happiness. But when it comes to life’s overall contentment, it can be the most detrimental drug for the drinker and others.
It is still debatable whether people who develop drinking problem actually feel the desired ecstasy after drinking. The researchers believed that the study gave sufficient evidence to assist policymakers in making cost-benefit analysis of alcohol regulation. The study may help formulate the best of policies to check alcoholism.
According to a 2016 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 87.6 percent adults have admitted to drinking at some point in their life.
What happens inside the brain when an individual consumes large quantities of alcohol? According to experts, excessive alcohol consumption can trigger numerous physical and mental disorders that can sometimes be life-threatening.
Excessive drinking shows visible signs, such as stumbling walk, slurred speech and memory lapses, but there are other dormant effects such as poor judgment, coordination and balance that makes it tough for alcohol abusers to lead a normal life.
Scientists consider alcohol as a depressant that alters brain functioning by slowing down the processing of information and producing negative emotional response. Some of the signs to show that alcohol has started affecting a person are:
Approximately 17 million American adults are addicted to alcohol. However, about one-third of those suffering from alcohol addiction do not show any symptoms after treatment. Excessive alcohol use can cause physical and mental changes that can increase the risk of injury or death. It rapidly enters the body and affects the brain and other organs, impacting a patient’s ability to reason and make judgment.
But it is not difficult to lead a sober life. As we understand the gravity of the situation, we are willing to help. If you or your loved one is fighting addiction, contact the Alcohol Addiction Treatment Arizona Helpline at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-1510 or chat online for further information about alcohol rehab programs.
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