Myths Regarding the Medicinal Benefits of Alcohol Consumption

By: David B Smith

Whatever problems might be affiliated with alcohol consumption, a few alcoholic drinks have always been once acknowledged to have had medicinal .

Alpine rescue teams traditionally attached containers of brandy to tracking dogs who would sniff out lost souls in the snow. The alcohol was thought to be helpful in warming a frost-bitten patient and assisting in rehabilitation. Similarly, St Paul in the Bible said that wine was good for the disgestion (1 Timothy 5:23). Additional recent medical research though has called these medicinal benefits .

It would seem that alcohol has no food value . It has none of the nitrogenous parts found in meats, eggs, milk, vegetables and seeds, out of which tissue is built, or any of the carbonaceous elements found in fat, starch and sugar.

Medical specialists have subjected alcohol to many tests and experiments and have found that it has none of the qualities of structure-building foods. Furthermore, Alcohol is incapable of being assimilated or changed into any organic proximate, and consequently cannot be considered even slightly nutritious. It is therefore not a food in any sense of its being a constructive agent in building up the body and directs nothing critical to the bodily tissue.

The other problem is whether it is of any value as a source of heat or energy. Astonishingly, it seems that alcohol does not undergo any bodily combustion (like fats, or starches, or sugars) such as would give heat to the body. This is counter-intuitive, as experience tells us that drinking alcohol frequently warms the core of the body. The medical explanation for this though is that the alcohol supplies more blood to the stomach and so increases heat at the centre at the expense of the rest of the body.

This would suggest that the brady-bearing St Bernards probably did more harm than good by dispensing brandy to indiviaduals who may have been suffering from hypothermia. While the brandy may have given the facade of warmth by drawing more blood to the stomach, it was probably drawing the blood away from the areas where it was most important!

Over time the practice of using brandy to warm frost-bitten subjects was indeed abandoned, and physicians have instead recommended the disuse of spirits in cold climates in order to store heat under unfavorable conditions.

For the above reasons we have to dismiss any idea that alcohol can make you fitter or stronger, even . Of course it can make the being feel more confident and powerful, and this may partially be accounted for by the fact that strength encountered after the use of alcohol is not new strength added to the system, but is the effect of calling into action pre-existing nervous energy. Beyond this though, all apprearances of increased power and ability are beyond question illusory.

Indeed, The ultimate effect of continued alcohol intake is exhaustion. This last point reminds us though that while alcohol may be of no nutritional value to the body, it may be of great value to the mind. Indeed, no one would debate that alcohol can function really well to aid in relaxation and diminish stress.

The problem of course is that when a person become reliant on alcohol to preserve mental equilibrium it can lead to alcohol addiction, which in turn can lead to severe bodily ailments and can take a terrible toll on the addicts life and relationships.

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