Simple health tips #4: Know your glass of ALCOHOL

We are living in a new generation. A fast-paced society. Traffic jams are common to most people. Unimaginable workload....difficult bosses and even depressing family situation at times. Yup! All of these will drive us to a point where we say "We need to DESTRESS!". That's when we go for Happy Hour. For some reasons, alcohol is like a magic...a certain stimulation in it somehow help us to go by all the difficulties and things look brighter. 

Well, occasionally, drinking in such a manner with great friends are simply awesome, but it's time to get back to reality. 

It is not a stimulant, although its effects are biphasic. It acts as a stimulant in low doses but as concentrations in blood stream increase, the stimulation gives way to sedation, stupor, coma and even death. 

So, the next time that you want to go for a drink like this, make sure you KNOW YOUR GLASS OF ALCOHOL.

First of all, the calories in an average glass of alcohol are equivalent to that of a large potato...doesn't sound too bad? Well, that's true unless of course there is actually zero nutritional value in it. While other foods are converted and transported to cells and tissues, alcohol attacks the brain – a vital organ that is high in water content – making it vulnerable to a decline in self-control.

The first effect of alcohol “stimulation” – dependent on what, how much, and how fast a person drinks – slows down brain activity, which results in slurred speech, hazy thinking, slowed reaction time, dulled hearing, impaired visions, weakened muscles and fogged memory.


I know it's crazy. To quit alcohol is probably far-fetched but maybe there is a need to consider lowering the intake and here are some reasons that you should:

Organs such as the brain, liver, heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, and tissue systems in your body are infiltrated by alcohol after it has been passed into the blood stream. Within minutes, intoxication occurs and thus, affects emotional and sensory functions such as judgment, memory and learning abilities.

Over time, high levels of alcohol consumption or binge drinking can cause far more serious diseases such as liver, throat or mouth cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart problems, depression, and anaemia. Other harmful effects include:

  • Irritation of the stomach lining to produce a sticky mucous that delays absorption.
  • Creation of imbalances, leading to diseases such as hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), hyperuricemia (arthritis or gout), hepatitis or cirrhosis (fatty liver, and hyperlipemia (build-up of fats in the bloodstream).
  • Clumping of red blood cells, causing the small blood vessels to plug up, starve the tissues of oxygen, and cause cell death. This increase in pressure breaks capillaries, and results in red eyes in the morning or the red, blotchy skin seen on a heavy drinker's face.
  • Breakage of blood vessels in the stomach and oesophagus, leading to haemorrhage or even death.
  • A result in cardiomyopathy (sluggish heart) and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).
  • Slowing down of the brain, affecting the body’s responses.
Well, I'm not sure about you, but maybe it's time for a change.

How about water instead?