“I’m an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.” ―Raymond Chandler
Alcohol has tempted us all but talking about how it affects you is contentious. Most people drink for different reasons. It can be for just having fun with friends (enticing enough), a drink after work, curiosity or just following the so called cool trend. People eagerly anticipate the weekend getaway, counting down the weekdays just to drink and have fun and hey bro, a chilled beer is chilling! Drinking is a personal choice. It’s a sacrosanct and we get it! But do you know what happens after you ingest alcohol? Here’s what.
We drink but we scarcely comprehend alcohol and what it does to our bodies (most of us think we know it all but we don’t). There are oodles of flabbergasting myths when it comes to alcohol. No, alcohol is not a stimulant, it’s a depressant. No, it doesn’t help you sleep better. No, it doesn’t make you warmer. No, beer doesn’t get you less drunk than the other alcohol beverages. Alcohol can have different effects on different people based of genetics, the amount of intake, their muscle mass and so on but these are the most widespread effects of alcohol we get to see.
Alcohol whets your appetite and surreptitiously increases that fat on your body before you realize it. Sneaky, right? It also diminishes your inhibitions, which is both a blessing and a curse, mostly curse. It can help your introverted friend to scream out loud his love to the girl he’s been in love with for years but it decreases what makes you ‘you’. You lose sway over your willpower and do things you otherwise wouldn’t.
Like every drug (fight me saying it’s not true), alcohol creates dependence. You had it once because you had a bad day or you were feeling low, now every damn time you’re feeling low, it will pop up in your mind. It also increases your tolerance, with time; you’ll need more of what gives you the HIGH.
In the recent years, it’s become known that there is no safe limit of alcohol and a glass of wine a day is not as healthy as it sounds. The research has found striking links between alcohol and cancer.
Sometimes we drink more than we realize. Having too much alcohol gives you blackouts because it impinges on the memory formation processes of your brain. Long term use of alcohol causes heart and liver damage, cirrhosis, hypertension, etc.
Alcohol affects nearly all systems of your body; from your heart and digestive system to your skin. It affects your brain in ways more than you can comprehend. It affects the body’s coordination and balance. You start losing your sense of control. It weakens your body in hell lot of ways- from weakening your bones to weakening your immune system and its responses and of course, your nervous system. Forget about multitasking!
Drinking alcohol has precarious effects on your behavior. It makes you disclose yourself a bit more than you’d like to, aggression takes over and can even reduce the inhibitions that make you who you are. You go to the extremes you otherwise never would.
Now that you know what it does to you, it’s on you how to address your drinking choices.
“I drink to make other people more interesting.”