“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.”
― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Some of the common misconceptions and absurd ideas pertaining to drinking circulating around the world include that moderate drinking is good for health. Despite knowing the universal truth that alcohol can adversely affect one’s health, people often buy the above logic and do not hesitate in challenging the risks involved in drinking.
Considering the ongoing emphasis upon the concept of “responsible drinking,” it has become quite a fad in every party, event, etc. to talk about moderate drinking. However, as suggested by several studies and researches, no amount of drinking can be validated or warranted as a healthier option. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), low-risk drinking is three drinks for women and four drinks for men in a day. Unfortunately, the risk of developing drinking problems exists even in the above-stated amounts.
While several supporters stick to the point that the moderate amounts of alcohol are good for health, the critics deny the authenticity of the above claim based on some more intense and eye-opening research. In fact, they have revealed that every drop can prove to be poison to the body.
According to a study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health, alcohol is one of the most preventable contributors of deaths due to cancer. Additionally, it categorically states that there is no safe amount.
It is said that the more a person exposes himself or herself to alcohol, the more he or she is stepping toward the risk of developing cancer. According to a 2014 World Cancer Report (WCR) issued by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), no amount of alcohol is safe when it comes to exposing one to the risk of cancer.
Though alcohol was declared a carcinogen in 1988, Jürgen Rehm, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada further explains the life-threatening impacts of alcohol, “We have known for a long time that alcohol causes esophageal cancer, but the relationship with other tumors, such as breast cancer, has come to our attention only in the past 10-15 years.” Besides ethanol, alcoholic beverages contain about 15 carcinogenic compounds, such as acetaldehyde, acrylamide, aflatoxin, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, etc.
Overall, alcohol is the main cause of several types of accidents, injuries and diseases, with common car crashes being the most common. Since long alcohol has been highlighted as the key reason behind several diseases that have caused over 88,000 deaths in the United States annually in the period 2006 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 9,967 deaths were caused alcohol-impact driving in 2014. Excessive alcohol use not only affects one’s physical health, heart diseases, liver diseases, etc., but can also cause severe mental health issues, such as depression.
Several scientists have revealed that no amount of alcohol can be considered safe during pregnancy. Though considered subtle in nature, alcohol has long-lasting effects on the cognitive-behavioral skills of the unborn child, such as visual and motor development, attention, memory, etc. Drinking at any stage or time of pregnancy can have serious implications on the fetus, leading to several problems, such as female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD), psychotic disorders, behavioral disorder, deformed limbs, kidney and heart issues, hyperactivity and other neurological disorders.
Alcohol abuse has become a family issue in the U.S., with about 12 percent of children living with a parent who is addicted to alcohol or other substances. Other major repercussions of drinking include domestic violence, financial instability, etc. Considering the above facts, it is important to know that no amount of alcohol is safe for the body and “responsible drinking” is a myth.
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