What is the Real Raw and Uncut TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL?
Do we ALL know what alcohol is?
Do we know what alcohol does to our body?
Are we aware of what alcohol does to our mind?
Are we aware of the knock on effects of alcohol?
Are we aware that alcohol is a poison?
WHY did alcoholism in Britain become widespread in 18th century?
WHY did gin consumption reach 18 million gallons at that time in history?
WHY did the temperance movement in the 19th century promote the use of alcohol?
WHY did the illegal alcohol trade boom?
WHY was the prohibition of alcohol cancelled in 1933?
WHY is alcohol normal and accepted in society?
WHY is drinking alcohol viewed as sociable?
WHY is alcohol a socially accepted drug?
WHY are some people addicted to alcohol?
WHY do we have a ‘binge drinking culture’?
WHY are our youth into alcohol?
WHY are those who choose no alcohol the odd ones?
WHY do the words ALCOHOL and PARTY go together?
WHY do the words UNIVERSITY and ALCOHOL go together?
WHY is crime often related with alcohol?
WHY is alcohol linked to mental health?
WHY do we judge others who have an alcohol problem?
WHY is there a warning that pregnant women should not drink alcohol?
WHY are there studies relating to alcohol and domestic violence?
WHY is anger and aggression related to alcohol?
WHY is alcohol needed to celebrate a special occasion?
WHY is alcohol used to take the edge off life?
WHY is alcohol used to drown our sorrows?
WHY is alcohol used to keep us going?
WHY is it so hard to not drink alcohol?
WHY do we need alcohol to escape from life?
WHY do we not look so hot the next day, after a night of alcohol?
WHY do we always find a way to justify why we drink alcohol?
WHY do we have a strong need, a craving for alcohol?
WHY do we need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get high?
WHY are we unable to control and limit our alcohol intake at times?
WHY does our body have withdrawal symptoms when we come off alcohol?
WHY is alcohol linked to the liver?
WHY are we not learning that alcohol is part of a much more deeply rooted problem?
WHY are we not realising that alcohol addiction is actually an illness?
WHY is anxiety associated with alcohol?
WHY do we become agitated if we cannot get our alcohol?
WHY do some of us lose touch with reality when we drink excess alcohol?
WHY are we not educated about the real TRUTH about Alcohol at school?
WHY is excess alcohol more accepted during the Christmas season?
WHY is there alcohol overindulgence on New Year’s Eve?
WHY do many A&E staff have to take verbal and physical abuse from drunken patients? (1)
WHY is alcohol at the root of most domestic violence?
WHY is alcohol related to child abuse in many cases?
WHY is our relationship with alcohol destroying our true relationships?
WHY are alcohol rehabilitation centers so popular?
WHY do some of our celebrities end up in alcohol rehab?
WHY does alcohol addiction dominate all areas of our lives?
WHY do we hate the feeling of a ‘hangover’ only to repeat it again?
WHY are we being told to ‘drink responsibly’?
Who makes the laws about alcohol?
WHY did the UK pass the law for longer opening hours to serve alcohol?
Do those who make the law drink alcohol?
Who is funding our research about alcohol?
WHY does the alcohol industry make regular donations to political parties? (2)
Do we have enough research studies about the harmfull effects of alcohol?
Are we at the receiving end of someone who is addicted to alcohol?
Have we witnessed what happens to those who are dependent on alcohol?
Have we ever seen someone coming off alcohol addiction?
Are we affected when we watch our close ones on the alcohol abuse road?
Are we in denial because we have become addicted to alcohol?
Are we ashamed of our behaviour associated with alcohol consumption?
Are we aware that alcohol may be controlling us?
OK – we now have enough questions here that we should ALL be asking.
Let’s go to our reliable Concise Oxford English Dictionary to tell us the meaning of ALCOHOL.
A colourless volatile flammable liquid, which is the intoxicating constituent of wine, beer, spirits, etc. Also called ETHANOL, ETHYL ALCOHOL. (3)
Let’s pretend we don’t know what ALL these words actually mean.
Volatile – liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse
Liable to display rapid changes of emotion
Flammable – easily set on fire
Intoxicate – of alcoholic drink or a drug cause (someone) to lose control of their faculties
Faculties – an inherent mental or physical power
Inherent – existing in something as a permanent or essential attribute
So let’s join the dots and keep it simple.
ALCOHOL is a substance that is quick to change and is unpredictable, especially for the worse.
It can easily set on fire and it also is fast at changing our emotions.
Alcohol can make us lose control mentally and physically.
That means in a short space of time at great speed, alcohol can change our natural state.
Let us dig a bit deeper and check out the other name for alcohol.
A colorless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent and in fuel
Also called ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol. (4)
For the record Alcohol and Ethanol are the same.
National Institutes of Health
U.S. National Library of Medicine
So this is a government website and the kingpins of health information telling us this –
‘Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and distributed throughout the body. It has bactericidal activity and is used often as a topical disinfectant. It is widely used as a solvent and preservative in pharmaceutical preparations as well as serving as the primary ingredient in ALCOHOLIC BEVARAGES.
Alcohol is a volatile liquid prepared by fermentation of certain carbohydrates. Alcohol acts as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, a diuretic and a disinfectant.
Although the exact mechanism of CNS depression is unknown, alcohol may act by inhibiting the opening of calcium channels, mediated by the binding of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) to GABA-A receptors, or through inhibitory actions at N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors. Alcohol inhibits the production of antidiuretic hormone, thereby producing diuresis that may lead to dehydration. This agent kills organisms by denaturing their proteins.’ (5)
Ethanol is used extensively as a solvent in the manufacture of varnishes and perfumes; as a preservative for biological specimens; in the preparation of essences and flavorings; in many medicines and drugs; as a disinfectant and in tinctures and as a fuel and gasoline additive. Many U.S. automobiles manufactured since 1998 have been equipped to enable them to run on a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.
Denatured or industrial, alcohol is ethanol to which poisonous or nauseating substances have been added to prevent its use as a beverage.
Medically, ethanol is soporific, i.e., sleep-producing; although it is less toxic than the other alcohols, death usually occurs if the concentration of ethanol in the bloodstream exceeds about 5%. Behavioural changes, impairment of vision or unconsciousness occurs at lower concentrations. (6)
Hello – Lets just stop and press the pause button.
With our common sense hat on, can we get real here for one moment.
Ethanol is used as a disinfectant and it can also be used to run a car.
Is this telling us something when we choose to drink Ethanol, which is the other name for Alcohol?
Could we agree that Alcohol is harmful by the simple fact that it affects our Central Nervous System? You don’t need a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology to know that this word CENTRAL tells us it is the Head Office of all our nerves, which has a complicated job to do.
Our CNS comprises of the brain and spinal cord.
Alcohol affects our central nervous system and there is no getting away from this fact.
That means the natural state of our brain is disturbed with this mind-altering substance.
This video gives you real people and real life stories so well worth watching.
‘Alcohol probably took twenty years of my life … ‘
‘Alcohol is a drug … it’s classed as a depressant’
Beer has 2 – 6% alcohol
Wine has 8 – 20% alcohol
Hard liquors (e.g. Vodka and Whiskey) have 40 – 50% alcohol
‘… I was probably 15 is where I started drinking at school. Putting it in a water bottle I would take Vodka or Gin, something clear that looks like water and I would just drink in class and pop mints in my mouth.’
‘Without having alcohol in me I could not function.’
‘I was consuming about 30 beers a day, a whole case of beer and three quarters of a gallon of light rum. I would essentially have that and black out every night.’
‘I could do nothing but drink 24/7, drink pass out, drink pass out.’
‘I would literally drink so much that I would shake if I did not have a drink.’
‘Alcohol had been in and out my body so much that it had tore away some of the lining of my oesophagus and blood was creeping in.’
The After Effects –
Short Term Memory
High Blood Pressure
Destroys your Internal Organs
Destroys Brain Functions
Destroys your Handwriting and Small Motor Skills
Bone and Muscle Aches
‘Alcohol is the most slow to kill but it’s the most hideous form of death.’
‘Alcohol’s just as bad if not worse than heroin, barbiturates and anything else.’
‘It might seem fun at the beginning but after you get stuck in that lifestyle for years you realise how not fun it is, it’s terrifying.’
So here we have the real Truth about what alcohol can do to us.
At what point do we cross the line from the odd drink and having fun at the weekends, to alcohol taking over and dominating our life every single day?
Do we think that we are in control when we drink the odd glass?
Do we think we are the commanders of our life with alcohol in our system?
Do we like the fact that we say things we would never talk about when we are sober?
Are we aware that alcohol is a mind-altering drug?
Have we asked our liver recently how it feels about our alcohol consumption?
Could it be possible that alcohol was never designed for human consumption?
Could it be possible our body is trying to communicate something to us?
Could it be possible our body does have a unique intelligence?
Could it be possible that our body is showing us the harmfull effects of alcohol?
Could it be possible that we are accelerating the ageing process by drinking alcohol?
On that note – pay attention, as this is serious stuff.
Have you heard of the blood-brain barrier? (7)
For alcohol to cause intoxication, it must get into the brain.
When we consume alcohol it goes straight into our gastrointestinal tract and then enters the bloodstream. They call this process ‘absorption’. Once it is in our bloodstream, the alcohol reaches our heart and then it moves to our lungs and back to the heart. It is now being pumped through the arteries to ALL organs in the body.
Ethanol travels to the brain within the arteries that lie between the skull and the brain itself. These arteries branch out into capillaries, which get deep into the brain tissue. Most molecules cannot get easily into the brain because there is a blood-brain-barrier that protects the brain from substances that could potentially harm this precious organ.
There is no barrier for alcohol to protect the brain.
‘Alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) is a brain disorder caused by regularly drinking too much alcohol over several years. The term ARBD covers several different conditions including Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and alcoholic dementia. None of these is actually a dementia, but they may share similar symptoms.’ (8)
Alcohol crosses the blood-brain-barrier very easily due to its chemical characteristics.
‘Although the physical restrictions imposed by the blood-brain-barrier limit the delivery of drugs or toxins to the brain, other small lipophilic drugs can diffuse passively across the blood-brain-barrier including nicotine, marijuana and heroin.’ (7)
Hello – can we just stop and re-read this blood-brain-barrier stuff again.
Here we have our amazing human body trying to protect us so we do not harm it. This is HUGE. The intelligence of our body is such that it detects harmfull substances and will not allow them to pass through and affect our brain. We ALL KNOW that we need our brain to function.
So how intelligent are we if we choose to take substances that harm our brain?
How intelligent are we really if we are using alcohol to harm our body?
Who on earth thought about alcohol to by-pass the natural no-entry stop sign to the brain?
Is this serious enough that almost nothing can get past this defence thing called the ‘blood-brain-barrier’ but alcohol, nicotine and heroin can?
What is the real truth if alcohol can get past our natural gateway to the brain, which says NO to anything harmfull?
Have we bothered to educate our youth about this simple fact?
Have we stopped to even consider what this is saying to us?
Have we found a comfortable way to ignore this simple Truth?
Is our body telling us the Truth about Alcohol?
‘More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption.’ Excess alcohol raised the risk of developing more than 200 diseases.
Oleg Chestnov – World Health Organization expert on chronic disease and mental health. (9)
Is this serious enough for us to pay attention?
Here we have a top man in our World Health Organization spelling out to us that alcohol is seriously harmful.
Did you know that alcohol affects our youth differently?
Adolescents are less sensitive to the intoxicating effects of alcohol.
The level of maturation of the adolescent brain, which is not complete until about the age of 24 means adolescents can typically drink more alcohol than adults before becoming sedated and lose co-ordination. However, they are more susceptible to memory loss and damage the hippocampus, which is the brain structure involved in learning and memory.
So here is a direct quote from The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership, who are an International group of scientists with not just one but heaps of PhD’s telling us that –
‘There is extensive research to show that the earlier a person drinks alcohol in his/her life the more likely he/she will have an alcohol use disorder as an adult.
More specifically an adolescent who starts to drink alcohol before the age of 15 is 4 times more likely to develop addiction to alcohol as an adult compared to a person who starts to drink alcohol at the age of 21’. (10)
Hello – how many of us started drinking alcohol before the age of 15 or how many of us actually know of youngsters drinking before this age?
The truth is these adolescents are going to be our adult population soon and if the above statement is making any sense, then we are going to have an even bigger global issue with the poison we call alcohol.
Every state in the USA abides by the standard set in the Federal Uniform Drinking Age Act of 1984, which sets the minimum legal drinking age to 21. According to the Act, Federal government can withhold 10% of Federal funding of highways from any States that do not stop people under the age of 21 buying or publically possessing alcohol. However – ‘… State law varies on specifics about possession and exceptions to the law, such as allowing people under 21 to drink with their parents’. (11)
So this is not rocket science stuff.
There is a set minimum age of 21 and the law was made over 30 years ago.
In reality do we feel this is when our youth of today ‘officially’ start drinking?
We all live in the real world, so no point pretending that what is going on in our streets with alcohol and young people is what Federal Law is stating.
Could it be possible that ‘exceptions’ to the law may not always be in the best interests of the child or young adult?
Could it be possible that parents may themselves have an alcohol dependent issue?
Could it be possible that children can be exposed to alcohol at a young age as their parents have made it seem a ‘normal’ part of life?
Could it be possible that an Alcohol Law does not necessarily mean people follow it?
Could it be possible that if parents accept alcohol as sociable and ok, then so will their kids?
Have we been around High Schools, Colleges and Universities to see the drinking culture that is now a part of their student life?
Have we heard of the binge drinking culture?
We seem to champion the success of our children who are high achievers, but do we ever stop and ask How they got there or what quality they were choosing to live to get the straight A’s?
Binge drinking is the practice of consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single session.
Britain is among the worst countries in the world for binge drinking according to a report by the World Health Organization.
Experts said Britain’s place in the table was a “national tragedy.”
They also say that a “ladette culture” had taken grip on British teens with drunkenness reaching epidemic levels among young women and end-stage liver disease increasingly diagnosed among those in their 20s and 30s. (9)
Does this feel right in a modern first world country in the 21st century?
Have we all heard of ladette culture?
Cambridge English Dictionary tells us it means a young woman who drinks a lot of alcohol, uses rude language and behaves in a noisy way. (12)
How serious is our alcohol abuse problem if young women in their 20s and 30s are being diagnosed with end-stage liver disease?
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is a leading expert on liver disease and a former President of the Royal College of Physicians. So let’s pay attention to what this man has to say to us.
“Liver disease is one of the biggest health issues the NHS is facing and cause of an increasing proportion of deaths. Most of the harm is being done behind closed doors at home, not on the streets on Saturday nights.” (1)
What is going on for our adolescent girls that they need to turn to excess alcohol?
What is going on with our modern day parenting that leads to this?
What is missing in society that the gap is being filling with alcohol abuse?
WHY are we not digging deeper and asking the WHY questions?
What age does this relationship with alcohol start with our youngsters?
WHY are things getting worse?
In 2015, binge drinking cost the UK Taxpayer £4.9 billion. This does not take into consideration the long-term costs of binge drinking, such as reduced productivity, lost employment and health problems. (13)
‘Alcohol is the single biggest factor in young men dying between the ages of 16 and 24, whether it be through accidents, suicide or violence.’ – Professor Sir Ian Gilmore (1)
Lives are being needlessly lost and even more ruined by ill health.
“Sadder still is that the Government knows what needs to be done to turn this bleak picture around, yet it continues to ignore the evidence.”
Emily Robinson, Deputy Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern.
“We found that worldwide about 16% of drinkers engage in heavy episodic drinking – often referred to as ‘binge-drinking’ which is the most harmfull to health.”
S. Saxena, Director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
World Health Organization.
‘In the UK the percentage was almost twice as high with 28% of those aged 15 and over drinking as much.’ (9)
Is it time to listen to these important people who have first-hand experience of the devastating effects of alcohol?
Are we aware that Money is paid to the U.S. Congress by the alcohol industry?
There are plenty of charts and graphs and figures on this website http://www.opensecrets.org/industries./indus.php?cycle=2016&ind=N02
In 2015 a quick summary confirms the Beer, Wine & Liquor industry donations were $25,083,570 to Congress. (14)
Over $25 million dollars may not sound like much, but do we need to be asking, does this money in any way keep this industry making profit?
Could it be possible that the alcohol industry is not really about addressing the harmfull effects to human life?
The vast majority of alcohol industry donations (92%) went to The Liberal National Party (LNP), the party expected to win the 2015 State Election in Queensland, Australia.
‘It is well known that the alcohol industry has significant influence on policy development and implementation.’ (15)
Can we just join the dots and ask is this making sense?
Could it be possible that our governments do know what needs to be done but are choosing to support those who support them?
Could it be possible that governments are ignoring what needs to be done as Emily Robinson from Alcohol Concern says? (9)
About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks. (16)
Drug Free World’s video on the Truth about Alcohol says –
‘They said if I got drunk I would be one of the guys. They lied’.
64% of 17 year old boys drink alcohol on a weekly basis (2014)
48% of 17 year old girls drink alcohol on a weekly basis (2014)
Australia is debating whether the problem is with their drinking culture or is the issue with societal norms around anti-social behaviour and interpersonal violence. Maybe they have a point that we appear to have acceptable norms for sober behaviour and we are somehow more relaxed when the same rules are measured when we are drunk. In other words’ some behaviours exhibited when intoxicated with alcohol are tolerated but the same behaviours would be inexcusable if sober. So this means a second set of social norms.
As a society, Australia reinforces a culture of camaraderie around getting drunk but do they stop to reflect the harmful side effects of alcohol abuse?
Alcohol has been recognised as Australia’s worst drug problem for more than 50 years by the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education.
No other drug has come close to causing as much death, illness, violence and lost productivity as alcohol.
Yet for some reason it remains a blind spot in the national conversation.
One in five Australians over 14 years of age drink at levels that place them at a lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury. (2)
This is mega serious and the million-dollar question as this article is suggesting is –
WHY is the government not establishing a national inquiry, summit or royal commission on the true harm caused by alcohol and ways that could reduce it?
Is an attempt to not show alcohol adverts in earlier timeslots reducing this huge problem?
Is introducing minimum unit pricing going to cut it really?
Is cracking down on alcohol advertising going to make the difference?
Is restricting the quantities our young people can buy, going to make this problem go away?
Is a chapel with a team of nurses and street pastors on Friday and Saturday nights going to reduce excess drinking?
Is a centre known as a ‘drunk tank’ led by an NHS clinical commissioning group for the festive season, which takes up to 10 patients, really going to change the huge problem we are facing? (1)
Have you heard of MAP in Ottawa?
The Managed Alcohol Program aims to change the drinking behaviour of inveterate addicts. (18)
Every hour alcoholics are given wine with 13% alcohol.
For the first pour at 7:30am most residents get a larger than average sized glass of wine;
On the hour up to 9:30pm.
The article states that ‘Lifelong alcoholics are an enormous drain on public resources.’
One client was in emergency departments 191 times in the six months before the MAP.
Another client says he used to drink all day and now he drinks just once every hour.
This program is of course controversial which is understandable.
What we need to be asking is – are the residents really stable and happy if we are pouring alcohol on the hour for 14 hours consistently every day?
Could it be possible that all these may just be a form of REDUCTIONISM?
In other words’ we have a super complex global alcohol issue and we are making it small.
By reducing it to initiatives that do not perhaps address the whole, we may not see the true change that is needed.
In case you haven’t noticed, things have got worse, so this confirms that our plots and plans thus far are failing us when it comes to alcohol.
Important Question – Has anyone done responsible research with anecdotal evidence, which is real life stuff that looks at the root cause of WHY people drink alcohol and why our youth are consuming this poison at younger ages than ever before?
Controlled conditions, double blind testing in a laboratory, because that is scientific based evidence means we don’t get the real life on the street stuff.
Could it be possible that we have enough intelligence to work out we have a global problem but we somehow lack the real intelligence of how to deal with it?
How advanced is our intelligence if we cannot stop a man-made poison from entering our brain and causing harm?
Are we addressing WHY people turn to alcohol in the first place?
Are we asking why drunk patients assault our paramedics?
Why does the level of abuse from some A&E patients require police intervention?
Are we willing to look at WHY we need or use alcohol to erase what is going on in our life and in our world?
If you read about the alcohol related murder case of Thomas Kelly there was something going on for the teenager who with one punch, killed this young man. The offender had a behaviour pattern every time he drank alcohol and there was a direct correlation to what happened to him as a child. Read more on our Youth blog
The brother of Thomas Kelly suicided after 3 years of campaigning for the lock out law, simply because he was not able to cope with the hate towards him by the forces of those who were against the restrictions being placed, including no alcohol to be sold after certain hours.
We seem unable to join the dots between alcohol consumption and alcohol harm.
Alcohol-related harm costs more than $20,000,000,000 per year.
Alcohol misuse was the primary cause of over 150,000 hospital admissions in 2014.
‘Individual politicians need to be strong-willed in this policy area because the powerful alcohol industry is a formidable lobbying group and close to the ear of government.’ (2)
So here we have it – confirmation that the government do receive donations from the alcohol industry and they are a strong powerful force.
Could it be possible that the strong-willed politician who stands up and says No can only do so to a point, because the quality they are living is not absolute? In other words’ they need their drink of alcohol and this means the strong powerful force of the industry is what wins.
Could it be possible that those making the laws need to look closely at how they are choosing to live?
Could it be possible that we the general public need to demand a Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct that states our law-makers need to live a transparent life and we need to be certain they are going to be reviewed on a consistent and regular basis?
Could it be possible that those who hold the utmost integrity and decency in their own personal life and live that to the best of their ability are the role models we need as politicians?
Could it be possible that our government budgets will never be enough until we get to the root cause of WHY our youth need to drink alcohol?
Where is the responsibility of the media and that includes social media?
Do the media have a part to play when it comes to alcohol abuse?
Can we truly say it is responsible journalism, when we have reporters telling us about our celebrated sporting heroes recovering from all night benders or in handcuffs for wayward behaviour?
Why are we more interested in celebrity gossip about their alcohol misuse than asking WHY they might be drinking or have an addiction?
We all know many famous people over the years, where alcohol has led to their death.
WHY are so many high profile celebrities in and out of Rehab?
WHY is REHAB such big business?
Have we ever stopped and asked the question –
What is the real quality of a movie or a song where the artist is intoxicated?
What about the harm to not just the individual and their family, but to their community?
What about the BIG picture and the enormous burden on the health systems?
What about the other systems who are also taking the slack like criminal justice systems, welfare and social care systems?
Alcohol-related admissions put A&E departments under severe pressure.
Up to 3 in every 10 patients are estimated to attend the UK Accident & Emergency services because of alcohol – more at weekends.
If more people knew that if they got drunk they were going to be arrested, they wouldn’t drink in the first place.
Dr. Cliff Mann, President of the College of Emergency Medicine. (1)
The key is for people to take RESPONSIBILITY before the emergency services become involved.
Dr. Katherine Henderson, A&E Consultant at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and Registrar at the College of Emergency Medicine. (1)
Our 24/7 world means we can get hold of alcohol really at any time and by pass our country laws with the illicit and illegal trading of alcohol that continues in our underworld.
WHY is Real education about alcohol not on the agenda?
WHY are the harmfull effects of alcohol not on billboards everywhere?
WHY are our media not reporting on the dangers of alcohol every single day?
WHY is alcohol abuse not making news headlines on front pages daily?
WHY are we waiting for more science based evidence when we know what alcohol is doing to us?
WHY have we accepted alcohol when we do really know it is a poison?
WHY would anyone want to drink poison if they were of right mind?
Here is a quick laser look at a woman who done a runner from the UK because of the binge-drinking culture. (19)
‘I felt something was wrong with the equation
Wine = Fun
Alcohol = Relaxation’
Why do we need to drink before going to a concert?
Where is the ‘fun’ in not remembering anything the next day?
Why did friends living in London lose their English boyfriends to alcohol?
Do I want to raise my kids where a queue of teenagers’ pay their older friends to get them booze because they are so desperate and aren’t able to buy bottles themselves?
‘These questions haunted me as I met drunk people of all ages on the tube, at work events or queuing up to get into a club on a Saturday night.’
‘Why do people need to drink so much to cope with their lives?
Why are pubs so crowded at 6pm everyday with people drinking in one evening amounts of beer that in Italy would be served in a week?
How much of the crime on the streets of the UK was due to binge drinking?’
Alcohol is now recognised as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States. Each year thousands of children are born with life-long disabilities because they were exposed to alcohol prenatally. (20)
HELLO AGAIN – Please STOP and RE-READ.
What is this telling us?
Is it spelling out to us that this can be prevented?
Is this saying our choice to drink alcohol during pregnancy is ok?
Are we ready to ask WHERE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY?
Are we going to point the finger and Blame?
Are we aware that society is deeply affected by all those children born with life-long disabilities?
Do we understand certain birth defects do not have to happen if alcohol was not consumed?
Would it be true to say that no mother in her right mind would drink alcohol knowing how harmful it is to her baby?
Is education needed here or is there something more?
Are we going to the root cause of WHY our women turn to alcohol during pregnancy?
Are we addressing the real problem here?
If you would like to know more about why drinking alcohol during pregnancy can be harmfull to the developing baby which includes the brain, please read this module which covers concepts in biology, chemistry and math. You will learn about how alcohol affects the fetus and the physical and/or neurological/behavioural problems resulting in FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership (APEP)
Effects of Alcohol on the Body (21)
Brain – alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and this can affect the way that the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change a person’s mood and behavior, making it harder for us to think clearly and move with co-ordination.
Heart – drinking a lot of alcohol over time or in one go can damage our heart causing
Cardiomyopathy – stretching and drooping of the heart muscle
Arrhythmias – an irregular heart beat
High Blood Pressure
Liver – Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver and can lead to a number of problems including
Steatosis or Fatty Liver
Pancreas – alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
Cancer – drinking alcohol increases our risk of developing certain cancers including cancer of
Immune System – drinking too much can weaken our immune system, making our body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more likely to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who are not classed as chronic drinkers.
Is our body trying to communicate something to us?
Does our body have its own intelligence?
Is our body giving us messages about how it is feeling?
It would be true to say that we were not born to acquire a taste for alcohol.
Something happens. Something is triggered inside us and we feel something.
We then make a choice to go to alcohol.
At no point do we ever think or consider learning about the harmfull effects of alcohol.
We know that alcohol education is not on our school agenda.
We see others all around us drinking alcohol so we assume it must be normal.
We see our role models happy on alcohol so it has to be ok.
We grow up with parents who are intoxicated with liquor so it is what we are used to.
We may not have the impulse to check what Google has to say about alcohol.
We did not have access to blogs like this to inform us and get us asking questions.
Could it be possible we feel more comfortable to just fit in with the crowd as it seems easier than to be the odd one out by not drinking alcohol?
Brief news headlines – Metro London newspaper
Booze on tap in care homes pub
This is one of many care homes hoping the familiar setting will comfort residents suffering from dementia. Residents can drink whatever they want, depending on their medication.
Are we taking responsibility here for their true health and well-being?
There is a tendency to blame every drinker for their predicament, but there are 1.5 million people in the UK dependent on or addicted to alcohol – which is an illness.
Alcohol may be legal but it is a drug of dependence and how we use it is a huge issue affecting society.
A study by researchers in Switzerland has found that beer drinking made it easier for volunteers to view explicit sexual images, and the effect was greater for women than for men. (22)
Could it be possible that the solutions we have may not fix the long-term problem?
Could it be possible that if we stop cheap booze, people will find another way?
Could it be possible that this will drive those who need alcohol to the illicit market?
Could it be possible that like drugs there is already an underworld, doing big business?
Could it be possible that with all the good will in the world and all the medical experts giving us the answers and all the research studies telling us alcohol is harmfull it is still not going to deal with WHY we need alcohol in the first place?
Are our solutions the answer or could there be more?
Are our initiatives to tackle this problem not cutting it?
Are our rehab programmes not addressing the root cause?
Are we missing something?
Is there another way to make a U turn with alcohol abuse?
Is there a simple answer?
How is it that ‘society accepts drinking alcohol as sociable and normal and yet we All know it is a scientific proven poison?’ – Bina Pattel
‘Are we waiting for society to tell us what to do or are we going to ask our bodies what is needed?’ – Bina Pattel (23)
Finally for the record, as the author of this blog I am no halo head trying to preach or teach the readers’ anything. Once upon a time I liked champagne with my lemonade budget.
Work hard and play hard meant alcohol after work and weekends.
Wine was good but I preferred bubble stuff so cold beer or lager would be ok but one or two and I was bloated. Talking nonsense and not remembering everything the next day was part of life and totally acceptable. At no point did I even consider that I liked the instant sugar fix I got because I was simply exhausted and depleted. I never gave it a thought that alcohol supported me to numb out the pain and hurt that remained buried until I got off alcohol and started dealing with my issues.
Today alcohol is not in my radar and there is nothing on earth that would make me even want to drink what I know is a scientific proven poison. What I have is a deep understanding of WHY people need alcohol, use alcohol and the relationship that we have with alcohol. I have no judgement on those who consume this drug because I have a deep understanding of what I feel is the root cause.
There is a load more we could write about alcohol, but this is enough.
We can choose to look at it anyway we want to suit us but there is no getting away from the fact that alcohol is a huge global problem and we ALL need to be aware of the dangers associated with this drug.
There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption.
The idea that drinking small amounts of alcohol will do you no harm is a myth.
Professor David Nutt. (24)
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