Stop Drinking Advice - Learning more about drinking, can help

By: Davidpeters
Although smoking is best known for causing lung cancer, this habit is also among the biggest threats to your skin. Next to sun and chemicals, tobacco is one of the major accelerators of your skin natural aging process, and it is thought to be one of the fastest acting threats. Young people start showing signs of early skin aging after as little as 10 years of smoking. If you think this is a long period of time, you should keep in mind that many young people start smoking in their teen years (16-19 year olds) and are still below 30 when the first signs appear. Smoking causes the narrowing of blood vessels throughout your body, including those that supply the outermost layers of the skin with oxygen and nutrients. Thus, your skin is slowly starved of vital oxygen and other substances, such as immunity-boosting Vitamin A. Alcohol has a similar effect by destroying the body supply of Vitamin A. This will lower the role of skin as the first line of defense against bacteria and infections.

As an addictive substance, alcohol can be as bad as drugs. Alcohol abuse and addiction, often referred in general terms as alcoholism, is a common problem in many communities, able to cut across economic and social barriers. It also produces a physical dependence and when it does, it becomes a chronic disease. The use of too much alcohol, like drugs, can also increase tolerance and produce withdrawal symptoms. Like drugs, alcoholism can lead to family, health and social problems. It's not uncommon for alcoholics to destroy family and social relationships, lose their jobs or turn to illegal activities in order to support their habit. It also causes health problems that are potentially life threatening, such as liver cirrhosis and cancer. The danger of alcohol: Alcohol affects different people in different ways, and for some that may be trouble. Some individuals, for example, are more prone to suffer from the effects of alcohol compared to others who drink the same amount. However, the danger of using alcohol cannot be emphasized enough. The devastating effect of alcoholism on families and society is well documented and recognized.

The body responds to a perceived stressor by releasing hormones into the body. These hormones are adrenaline and cortisol. They give the body a boost of energy and mobilize the body's immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems for increased activity. The aim is to get the body to adapt to a situation, that could be physical, like an illness or wound, or could be mental like a bout of depression or anxiety. After the body perceives that the stressor has been dealt with, the hormones are reduced and the body goes back to it's normal state. This is known as homeostasis. This is the goal of the multitude of systems, specifically the nervous system, that are responsible for running the the body. When there is confusion in the body as to when to return to homeostasis, the secretion of adrenaline and cortisol continue. If this continues for any length of time, the metabolism of the body can change, the cardiovascular system can be overworked and prone to illness and the immune system can become confused and start acting abnormally or sluggishly. All this is bad news for the individual involved and can lead to health problems.

Alcohol can also lead to: Dementia - memory loss, rather like Alzheimer's dementia. Psychosis - long- term drinkers can start to hear voices. Dependence - if you stop drinking, you get withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, nervousness and (sometimes) seeing things that aren't there. Suicide - 40% of men who try to kill themselves have had a long- standing alcohol problem. - 70% of those who succeed in killing themselves have drunk alcohol before doing so. What is the connection between depression and alcohol? We know that there is a connection - self-harm and suicide are much more common in people with alcohol problems.

There are ways to recognize people who have alcohol problems. If you are concerned about your drinking habits or those of someone close to you, here are a few ways to determine if alcohol is indeed a problem: If you are a woman who has more than seven drinks a week or more than three drinks at a party, bar or celebration, you may be drinking too much. The same is true for a man who has more than 14 drinks a week or more than four drinks at a party, bar or celebration. For those over 65, more than seven drinks a week or three drinks per occasion could mean you are drinking too much. Think that you or a loved one or friend may be in the drinking heavily category? If you are a woman who is drinking more than three drinks every day or 21 drinks per week, the answer is, "yes." Men who consume more than five drinks a day or thirty-five a week also fit into the drinking heavily category.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease which means it lasts a lifetime. A person who is an alcoholic will keep drinking even though serious family, health and legal problems develop. Two main things put a person at risk for developing alcoholism; a person's genes and his or her lifestyle. It is true that the risk for developing alcoholism tends to run in families. It does not mean that if a person has a father or mother who is an alcoholic they themselves will become an alcoholic. The genes we inherit partly explain the pattern of alcoholism in families but lifestyle also plays a part. Other things that may increase your risk for alcoholism are the people you spend time with, the stresses in your life and the amount of alcohol that is available on a day-to-day basis. There are also people who think that alcoholism can be cured. They find it hard to understand why an alcoholic can't just go the doctor or through treatment, get better and be cured. While there are millions of recovering alcoholics who have not had a drink for weeks, months or years, there is still a chance that a relapse can occur.

Just ask yourself these four quick questions. 1 - Is your drinking habit getting on your spouse's nerves? 2 - Do you feel that your family is slowly drifting away from you? 3 - Is your life moving in a direction that you otherwise don't want to go? 4 - Are you one of the millions of people suffering from alcoholism? Often times it is difficult to accept the fact that one is already suffering from the symptoms of alcoholism. Sometimes this starts out as light indulging with a group of friends. Sometimes work dictates the occasion of alcohol consumption, maybe a few shots of alcohol with important clients, but sometimes this innocent indulging can progress into chronic bouts of heavy alcohol drinking and before you can say no to another drink you are already deep into the habit. An alcoholic can neither refrain from drinking nor control the amount of alcohol he consumes. Once the addiction has set in, physical and psychological dependency on alcohol are expected. There is an estimated 5.6 million people in the United States alone that are alcoholics and about one fourth of them are suffering from serious complications.
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