Alcohol is a source of pleasure to many and there is some evidence to suggest that drinking alcohol in moderate amounts may have beneficial effects. However, drinking too much or in situations when it's best to abstain can be harmful.
Alcohol is a source of pleasure to many and there is some evidence to suggest that drinking alcohol in light to moderate amounts may have beneficial effects . However, the potential harms of heavy drinking or drinking in situations when it's best to abstain should be the focus as they can result in negative health consequences and high-risk behaviours.
Here, we will have all your questions about alcohol answered.
Kick your legs back, grab a glass of water and you are all set to find out all about alcohol.
A standard alcoholic drink contains 10 grams of alcohol. This roughly equates to:
A can (330 ml) of regular beer with 5% alcohol content
Half glass* (100 ml) of wine with 15% alcohol content
A shot (30 ml) of spirits with 40% alcohol content
To lower the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime, men should drink no more than two standard drinks per day, and women no more than one standard drink per day.
Consuming 5 or more standard alcoholic drinks (if you are male), or 4 or more standard alcoholic drinks (if you are female), on one occasion is considered as binge drinking .
Binge drinking is a form of alcohol abuse.
Binge drinking refers to the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time, and is a form of alcohol abuse. Usually, abuse is the first step of addiction.
Alcoholism is defined by an obsessive need for an alcoholic drink like beer, wine, and other hard liquors. The craving for alcohol is often so great that alcoholics can’t stop themselves from drinking. If someone who suffers from alcoholism does not get his/her drink, he/she will experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, or anxiety. The majority of alcoholics need professional help to stop drinking .
Loss of control: the inability to limit one's drinking over time or at any given occasion.
Craving: A strong and continuing need to drink.
Tolerance: The need to drink increasing amounts of alcohol in order to "feel the buzz" or to "get high."
Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms when a person stops drinking after a period of heavy drinking. Such symptoms include anxiety, sweating, nausea, and "the shakes."
Moderate: presence of 4 symptoms
Severe: presence of 6 or more symptoms
Yes, they can.
Alcohol poisoning is the most life-threatening consequence of binge drinking. In alcoholic poisoning, the brain, breathing, circulation, etc is affected. It can eventually lead to loss of consciousness and death .
People who drink too much are also more likely to be involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents and violent crimes that can lead to death .
The following groups should abstain from consuming alcohol altogether:
Pregnant women or those trying to conceive.
People on medication or have medical conditions such as alcohol allergy, alcohol addiction, liver disease and stomach ulcers.
Children and adolescents . Research shows that drinking during adolescence can harm physical and brain development. Drinking alcohol during this time can bring about long-term impacts on learning and memory skills .
There are three main types of alcoholic beverages – beer, wine, and hard liquor. However, the amount of alcohol in alcoholic beverages, of even the same kind, may vary. Drinking beer may not be necessarily safer than drinking hard liquor such as vodka or whiskey as what affects the body and mind is the amount of alcohol, rather than the type of drink consumed. Therefore, what needs to be taken into consideration is both the alcoholic content of the beverage and the amount consumed. For example, 1 bottle of beer containing 3.5% alcohol has the same alcoholic content as 1 shot of hard liquor containing 40% alcohol
Drinks don't have to contain alcohol to be fun and enjoyable. Try these alcohol-free mocktails for a change.
90 ml orange juice
90 ml carrot juice
Egg white (from 1 egg)
Top up with 5ml grenadine syrup
90 ml lime juice
90 ml mango juice
5 ml of green mint syrup
Top up with plain soda
60 ml blackcurrant cranberry aloe vera juice
90 ml apple aloe vera juice
Top up with 5ml grenadine syrup and soda
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This article was last reviewed on
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