Life passes quickly and appears so short
And the things we consume may affect our thought
Do not reduce your years and strength
By consuming things that lessen its length
A drug that is said to be legal and fun
Does not mean it ok for everyone
Good things in excess can do such harm
The choice is yours to sound the alarm
Make sure that you gain the knowledge that’s needed
And issues and problems and outcomes are heeded
Ask the questions and make sure the answers you find
So that as you age, you will age with your mind
By Peta Zafir
The belief that daily alcohol consumption is good for you dates back to the 1980s, when researchers identified the “French paradox” — the suggestion that low rates of cardiovascular disease among men in France was associated with daily wine consumption, however later analyses found flaws in the research. In 2023, a study was undertaken to examine existing research on the health and drinking habits of nearly 5 million people. It was one of the largest studies to debunk the widely held belief that moderate drinking of wine or other alcoholic beverages is good for you.
Researchers in Britain examined the genetic and medical data of nearly 400,000 people and concluded that even low alcohol intake was associated with an increased risk of disease, even moderate drinking is bad for you. Much of the research into the health effects of alcohol has been funded by the alcohol industry and it was found that 13,500 studies have been directly or indirectly paid for by the There is ZERO amount of alcohol that is actually good for you.
Research has shown that over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, liver disease, digestive problems, stomach bleeding, cancer of the breast, oral cavity, oesophagus, larynx, oropharynx, (middle part of the pharynx), throat, mouth, voice box, liver, colon, rectum & breast cancer. These individuals may also have problems managing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, pain, & sleep disorders. Alcohol consumption is also associated with an increased risk of drowning & injuries from violence, falls, & motor vehicle crashes. Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy have been linked to the risk for foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, where the baby may result in low body weight, poor coordination, hyperactive behaviour, difficulty with attention, poor memory, difficulty in school, especially with math, learning disabilities, speech & language delays & an increased risk of birth defects.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines heavy drinking as: For men, consuming more than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks per week; for women, consuming more than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 drinks per week. After stopping alcohol for 3 months the positive changes you can experience are improved mood, energy, sleep, weight, skin health, immune health, & heart health. It can even reduce your risk of cancer.
What choice do you make for your Health and Future?
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Peta Zafir (Owner and Head Therapist)