Alcohol has a range of effects in the body. Once it enters your body system; it immediately brings about physiological changes mainly in the brain, heart, and liver. As matter of fact, these changes can lead to long-term health complications if one continues to consume much of it.
The main substance in alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and spirits is ethanol or ethyl alcohol. However, it’s the only type of alcohol that one can drink without causing serious damage to the body.
Many people have for long had different myths and beliefs and unanswered questions about alcohol; here we bring you facts and much more about alcohol and alcohol consumption.
Is drinking beer better than mixed spirits, wine?
Someone could actually mistake that drinking beer is a healthier option than having a glass of wine or mixed spirits like a cocktail, no, that’s not true at all. A standard serving size of spirits, beer or wine, all contain the same amount of alcohol.
A standard drink is generally about 10-15mls of alcohol. The effect on your body is determined by how much you drink, not what you drink.
Do Women feel the same effect of alcohol like Men?
This is a commonly asked question, but it is good to note that both men and women of the same size drinking the same amount of alcohol feel the effects of alcohol equally though the intervals may differ.
The liver processes alcohol via an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase or ADH. Women have less of the ADH enzyme in their bodies. This means they might drink the same amount, but feel the effects more strongly.
What role does eating play when one is taking alcohol?
Experts advise that it is always good to eat food and drink water when consuming alcohol. Eating slows down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream by keeping it in the stomach longer. Water keeps you hydrated.
Additionally, always plan your route home; never drink and drive.
What are the risks associated with drinking illicit or counterfeit alcohol products?
Don’t be driven by their low prices rather being readily available ‘just at the shop next to your doorstep,’ be reminded that the purchase of illicit alcohol can put your health at risk.
It is often of poor quality and produced in unhygienic and unsanitary conditions. It is also outside of government regulation, untaxed and often connected to criminal activity, which harms legitimate business.
Does wine cut down one’s calories more than beer?
No, that’s not true. A standard serving size of spirits, beer or wine all contain the same amount of alcohol. A standard drink is generally about 0.02 grams of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Research has it all that there are around 200 calories in an average 200ml glass of wine. By comparison, a 25ml measure of spirits contains around 50 calories and a 330ml bottle of beer contains around 150 calories.
Remember, the calories in your drink will depend on the strength of the alcohol, the size of serving and any other ingredients or mixers you enjoy in your favorite drink.
Why is it not advisable to drink and drive?
Drunk driving affects your judgment, coordination and vision. It can have serious consequences for you, your loved ones and others. Play it safe and don’t drink and drive.
What sobers up one’s mind after drinking?
There is a common belief that taking coffee, a cold shower or enjoying some cool fresh air can help one quickly sober up after taking alcohol, but the real truth is, once you’ve started to feel the effects of alcohol, you cannot speed up alcohol leaving your body.
The above things might make you feel more alert, but they will not sober you up.
How long does it take your liver to process a single measure of spirits?
It takes about an hour for your liver to process a standard unit of a given liquid, alcohol in this case.
Why is alcohol limited to only adults?
Children and underage persons should never drink alcohol, this is by far a no brainer. There is much harm associated with drinking at an early age among which include impairment of brain development, increased risk of mental health disorders, alcohol poisoning, injuries and accidents.
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