Alcohol must be one the most vigorously studied beverages in the world.
Almost monthly, a group of researchers or university professors publishes the results of a “long study”.
In most of these reports, moderate drinking, say researchers, is the best route to help avoid a myriad complications and diseases.
Unfortunately, few, if any, mention concrete quantities because each individual’s size, gender, weight, and life style, change alcohol absorption, tolerance, and the effect on the body.
One thing is for sure “dosage determines the efficacy of poison”. If you drink too much, it will be fatal, as many Russians know ell. Russia’s statistics unfailingly state that many of their citizens drink too much and freeze to death in winter, others die of alcohol poisoning, and yet others suffer from cirrhosis of the liver and die a slow, agonizing death.
Many believe alcohol to be warming. In reality, the opposite is true. Alcohol induces drunkenness but the following day, symptoms of discomfort disappear slowly. However, excessive abusive alcohol consumption causes all kids of diseases, including the most lethal, cirrhosis of the liver, fro which there is, as of yet, no cure.
Here are some guidelines that may help you decide how much you should drink to be on the safe side.
One drink means one bottle (341 ml or 330 ml) at 5 % ABV or one glass (150ml = 5 oz.) of wine at 12 % ABV, or 45 ml (1 1.2 oz) liquor at 40 % ABV.
For fmelaes, three drinks per day is maximum allowable and four for men. During every week, abstain from alcohol for one day.
Alcohol consumption is not recommended fro planning to become pregnant or those who are. Alcohol damages the foetus, and this causes irreparable damage.
It is well established that one drink daily helps you live healthier than those who are teetotallers, and possibly longer if you sleep at least seven hours a day, eat mostly vegetables, very little meat and moderate amounts of cheese.
Use no more than one teaspoon, and preferably less, salt per day, avoid cholesterol rich foods to the extend possible, and limit sugar intake.
Consuming one drink daily lowers cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and even type 2 diabetes.
Researchers also recommend a maximum of two drinks per three hours, on a full stomach, and drink plenty of water between drinks.
Alcohol contains calories, albeit “empty” (no nutritional value). So if you drink too much you will gain weight mostly fat. Also, consider the fact that spirits require, in most instances, soft drinks and they contain sugar, hence calories. (One bottle of tonic water or soft drink contains 150 calories).
One gram of alcohol contains nine calories, and one gram of sugar four. You can calculate calorie intake using this information.
For young people having fun or wanting to appear “macho”, limiting alcohol consumption is difficult, and occasionally even for adults, but drinking and also eating too much are hazardous to your health.