Alcohol

June 6, 2015, Day 21

The Twenty First Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, thereby ending Prohibition.

So today the subject is our bitter sweet relationship with alcohol.

Personally coming from a background in which alcohol played a daily part all through my childhood and teens, affecting everyone around us, family and friends, and then living through a 16 year marriage where alcohol was a constant terror, ‘Alcohol’ is a very personal and emotional subject.

I have collected some info from all over the net to share with you so you can make up your own mind about it.

Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression.

Reproductive: Men may suffer temporary impotence – brewers’ droop – after a bout of drinking. Long-term heavy drinking can cause the sexual organs to shrink in men and women.

Liver: Most alcohol that goes into your body is processed by your liver, and if it has to break down too much alcohol the health of your liver will suffer. Long-term, drinking too much alcohol can lead to fatty liver, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver).

Stomach: Drinking too much can cause gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) and stomach ulcers. It can also lead to uncomfortable reflux – digestive being forced up into your oesophagus (food pipe).

Heart: Moderate drinking may reduce the risk of heart disease for some people over 45, but drinking too much can raise your blood pressure, putting a strain on your heart.

Mouth and throat: If you drink regularly above the recommended amount you are increasing the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, larynx (voice box), pharynx (upper throat) and oesophagus (food pipe). This risk increases further if you smoke.

Mouth and throat: If you drink regularly above the recommended amount you are increasing the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, larynx (voice box), pharynx (upper throat) and oesophagus (food pipe). This risk increases further if you smoke.

Brain: The immediate effects of drinking on your brain can include slurred speech, slow reactions, impaired memory and blackouts. Over the longer term, heavy drinking can cause a number of different types of brain damage.

Calories:
Pint of lager 16,
Can of super strength lager or ale 195
Bottle of super strength lager or ale 227
Shot of whiskey 64
Alco-pop 226
Pint of strong lager or ale 335
Large glass of wine 190
Small Glass of Wine 95
Standard glass of wine 116

Breakfast: none

Lunch: 2 Wholemeal Sandwiches (1 Fat-Free Vegan Cheese, 1 Seitan Chicken & Stuffing)

Dinner: Fat-Free Seitan & Cheese Burgers on a buns

Supper: 1 Bum & Jam, 1 Apple

Drinks: 3 cups of Coffee & Soy Milk, 750 ml Water

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