Drinking has become a symbol of social status in parties and pubs. We do not understand the repercussions of drinking but it has many ill effects. There are many health problems caused by alcohol consumption. Here's a guide on drinking.
Along with an increase in the number
of pubs sprouting up in every corner of India and the increasing number
of people going clubbing, comes an increase in the amount of alcohol consumed
irresponsibly. There's a reason why they call it intoxication. Alcohol,
if consumed in excess, can kill. If those nights spent puking in the toilet
or waking up with a massive hangover or holding your head in dizzying agony
haven't tipped you off, it's time you got the hint.
Why do we drink? Because alcohol
relaxes us. It also eases our inhibitions, and if taken moderately, it
aids circulation and is good for the heart. But if taken excessively, it
can be the cause of our ruin. Irresponsible consumption of alcohol causes
accidents, crime, violence, ill health and death.
the other health problems caused by alcohol include:
High blood pressure, which consequently
leads to heart attacks
Obesity - need we remind you of the
The more you drink, the drunker you'll
become. Well, duh…
If you drink less, but in a short
time span, you'll get drunker than if you consumed the same amount in a
longer time span.
The thinner you are, the lower your
tolerance to alcohol.
Females have a lower tolerance to
alcohol than males. This is because men have more water in their bodies
than women, which tends to dilute the alcohol level.
As you age, your alcohol tolerance
Your body's immunity level and inbuilt
ability to deal with the alcohol also determines how drunk you become.
So how much is too much? For men,
anything exceeding 1½ - 2 pints of ordinary strength beer, or 3-4
glasses of wine in a day is too much. Women should have half that amount.
Tips on drinking
If you're having a cocktail, take it
with a juice instead of with a fizzy soft drink. e.g. go for the Screwdriver
(vodka-orange juice) instead of the vodka-Citra.
As a rule of thumb, drink a glass of
water after every alcoholic drink. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, which means
it flushes out all the water from your system and dehydrates you. You need
to replenish all that liquid or you'll have a nasty hangover the next morning,
so down all the H2o you can.
Be good to your tummy. "Don't drink
and drink - eat and drink!" Don't drink on an empty stomach. Food softens
the blow of the alcohol on the intestines. True, when you're getting ready
for a night out, dal and chapatti is the last thing on your mind, but don't
skip dinner. Grab a sandwich or some fries, and when you're at the party
or nightclub, make sure you keep a bowl of munchies right next to you so
you can keep popping them in.
Don't listen to anyone who tells you
not to mix sweet and alcohol. When you consume alcohol, your blood sugar
levels drop. You need to compensate, so gobble up that chocolate pastry
without thinking twice. Yes, drinking is a high-caloric activity. Not a
very bright choice if you want to lose weight, huh?
Keep in mind that the cheaper the drink,
the more lethal it is, and the more the likelihood of a lethal
hangover. The worst hangover is from cheap red wine, so choose your drinks
with care and drink accordingly. If you're drinking cheap stuff, go easy
on the quantity, while if you're drinking the premium brands, you can afford
to have a glass or two more.
Spread out your drinking over a longer
time period. You'll still get drunk, but your system won't be as shocked
as it would be if you gulp your drinks.
Take a multi-vitamin when you get home,
to replenish the minerals you've flushed out during your many trips to
Electrolytes help replenish your body's
fluid loss, so drink a glass when you get home. Keep the packet on your
bedside table along with a bottle of water. You'll thank yourself the next
morning if you wake up feeling sick.
The morning after, and your head feels
like it's going to explode? Do NOT reach for the coffee. It will NOT make
you feel better. Coffee will further dehydrate you, and it's a bad choice.
Put the bottle of water to your mouth and pour it in, along with electrolyte.
Rest, rest, rest. Don't go to work.
Call in sick, because you are sick. Give your body time to recover.