Make no mistake… alcohol is deadly. Very deadly.
We have always made a point to make everyone aware that we do not have a problem with alcohol. Alcohol has existed for at least 10,000 years. We are by no means taking a position that alcohol should be abolished, or that if you drink alcohol you are doing something wrong. Everyone has the right to make their own choices.
We just want to make people aware of the truth…
The Bible book of Proverbs is filled with warnings against indulging in wine and strong drink (see Proverbs 20:1; 21:17; 23:29-35; 31:4). Wine mocks those who use it (see Proverbs 20:1) and rewards them with woe, sorrow, strife, and wounds without cause (see Proverbs 23:29, 30). “In the end it [wine] bites like a snake and poisons like a viper” (verse 32, NIV). The prophet Isaiah declared, “Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks” (Isaiah 5:22, NIV). Daniel and his companions set a worthy example by refusing to drink the king’s wine (see Daniel 1:5-16). When fasting later in life, Daniel abstained from wine (see Daniel 10:3)
The prohibition of alcohol is verified form following verses of the Holy Quran.
See Surah Nisa (4:43), Surah Maida (5:90), Surah Maida (5:91),
O you who believe! do not go near prayer when you are Intoxicated until you know (well) what you say
(Surah Nisa 4:43)
1 – Alcohol Kills More Than All Drugs Combined
While the “War on Drugs” portrays the message that drugs like heroin and cocaine are the dangers, it fails to mention that alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths per year, while all other drugs combine to contribute to 20,000 deaths per year.
Alcohol is especially cruel because it kills people slowly. Most alcohol related deaths are due to liver problems that occur after years of alcohol use. In most cases, alcohol leads to three types of liver problems.
1 – Fatty Liver Disease is the build up of extra fat in liver cells. Almost all heavy drinkers have fatty liver disease. However if you quit drinking, the liver can heal itself and the fatty liver disease will go away.
2 – Alcohol Hepatitis causes the liver to swell and become damaged. Alcohol hepatitis can be mild to severe. Up to 35% of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis. If it is severe, it may occur suddenly and lead to serious complications including liver failure and death.
3 – Alcoholic Cirrhosis is the scaring of the liver which leads to poor liver function. It is the last stage of chronic liver disease.
When we look at the short term dangers of a drug, heroin and crack cocaine are the most acutely dangerous. However, when we combine social, financial and long term effects of alcohol compared to heroin and crack, alcohol is by far more negatively impacting.
2 – Drunk People Do Crazy Things
To say that drunk people do crazy things is a very broad statement and not backed by fact. Fact based reporting is important but for a second I would like everyone to look at their own experience.
How many times have you seen drunk groups of people (usually men) get in brawls? How many times have you heard of families being killed by drunk drivers? How many girls have been raped or beaten when their attacker had been drunk?
When considering all of the scenarios, alcohol does more damage than anything else.
20 Facts About Alcohol
Although alcohol is widely available, often affecting the lives of a wide proportion of the population, most people are unaware of important facts about it, or its effects on them. We have created a list of some alarming facts about alcohol so that you are better informed of what happens to your body when you drink it.
- A pint of 4.5% cider has twice as many units of alcohol as a 25ml shot of a 40% spirit
Beer and cider may contain way less alcohol by volume compared to spirits, but since their serving sizes are usually much larger, you may end up drinking much more alcohol than you realize. To be on the safe side, choose ciders and beers with less alcohol or order smaller sized servings, such as 330ml bottles or half pints instead.
- One alcohol unit equals to 8 grams of pure alcohol, or 10ml in volume.
1 alcohol unit represents the amount of alcohol that can be metabolized by your liver in one hour. This amount translates to a single 25ml shot of a 40% spirit, or a single 275ml bottle of a 4% drink.
- For women, it only takes just a pint of beer or a medium glass of a 13% wine to meet or exceed the lower risk threshold
Drinking one or two pints of beer or glasses of wine is a usual habit for many people, however, they regularly exceed the lower risk guidelines without knowing. You can avoid doing so by not participating in rounds when you go out. Alternatively, stop purchasing large amounts of alcohol when you go shopping.
- A medium-strength pint of lager is as fattening as a pizza slice
Alcohol has the potential to significantly raise your caloric intake. Moreover, it will also make you hungry, leading to bad food choices, such as junk food.
- If you wish to get rid of the calories contained in 2 glasses of 13% red wine, you will have to run for about 34 minutes.
Alcohol contains empty calories that still require a lot of effort to get rid of. In addition, the efficiency of your training session will be probably hampered according to the amount of alcohol you drank the previous night.
- In the United States alone, about 5 thousand people, younger than 21, die on a yearly basis from an incident relating to alcohol, such as suicide, homicide, car accidents and alcohol poisoning.
- Alcohol clouds judgement and blocks inhibition, leading to reckless and dangerous acts such as driving drunk, unprotected sex or becoming violent.
- Men show a more consistent tendency towards drinking than women and have a two-fold higher chance of causing an alcohol-associated fatal car crash. Volunteer to become the designated driver for family and friends, so as to make sure that everyone gets home alright.
- Among teenagers, 70% of those aged 18 admit to having consumed alcohol at least once, whereas as the percentage rises to as much as 80% for college students.
- The act of drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time is called binge-drinking. For men it is defined as 5 or more drinks and for women 4 or more, over 2 hours.
- Binge-drinking is most prevalent amongst 18 to 34-year-olds. Binge drinking aftermath includes car accidents, unwanted pregnancy, catching and spreading sexually transmitted disease, alcoholism and violence.
- Almost two thirds of high school children who consume alcohol, drink until getting drunk.
- Almost 17% of males and 8% of the female population will reach the point of alcoholism at some point in their life.
- Up to 80,000 people die every year in the U.S. due to alcohol abuse.
- Abusing alcohol may lead to permanent health conditions including mouth, throat or liver cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and anxiety, dementia, liver cirrhosis.
- Alcohol poisoning is an acute effect of excess drinking which may lead to unconsciousness, coma and death.
Alcoholism is a condition largely unrelated to where the alcohol comes from, the period that someone has been drinking for, or even the quantity of alcohol consumes. On the contrary, it is all about someone’s irresistible desire to drink. For most alcoholics, it is impossible for them to get over their need to drink.
Being an alcoholic means to have an unnatural craving for alcohol almost all the time, so strong that they prioritise it over eating or drinking water. For some, it is possible to overcome it without getting help, however, for most it is imperative to get assistance in order to overcome this condition. Indeed, when proper treatment and support is offered, a large number of alcohol-addicted people manage to stop drinking and become masters of their lives again.
Now for the facts.
The Damage Caused By Drunk Driving
CDC.gov reports that…
- In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,168 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2012, 239 (20%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 239 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012, over half (124) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
- Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.
The Relationship Between Alcohol and Violence
3 – Alcohol Use is Celebrated
For the sake of misinterpretation, let it be said once more that Sober Nation is not anti drinking. We are by no means claiming that people who drink are bad people. We are simply pointing out the contradiction of criminalizing people who are addicted to drugs like heroin and even marijuana, while simultaneously celebrating alcohol use. That doesn’t make any sense.
Anheuser-Busch spends $1.2 Billion dollars a year on TV advertising alone. Pressure to drink while socializing is very real, and is felt by everyone. Alcohol is by far the most abused drug in America. The problems we have listed are just the tip of the iceberg as to the dangers of alcohol.
It is not hard to portray alcohol as a prerequisite for fun.
Beer companies spend a great deal of time and effort painting the picture that alcohol is necessary for a good time. Although difficult to quantify, know that this mindset keeps thousands of people from admitting they have a problem and getting the help they need. We know this because we talk to these people and their families, every day.
What’s The Point??
This is a difficult topic for us. It is not the responsibility of beer companies to fix these problems. They make a product and abide to business law and have the right to market and profit just like anyone else. The point is not to degrade alcohol companies or alcohol drinkers.
The point is to try and build some awareness. Alcohol isn’t like it is in the commercials. Most, if not all drinkers can easily recall experiences with vomiting, violence, blackouts, rape and homicide.
If we can somehow help people understand the truth behind alcohol, than maybe people would respect it more. Maybe people would know that two beers is better than 20, and that enjoying life is not dependent upon a bottle of vodka.
Filed Under: Alcoholism
- Alcohol can cause car crashes and other deadly accidents.
- Alcohol makes some people become violent.
- Alcohol can make good kids make really bad decisions.
- Alcohol can damage the developing brain by killing off brain cells.
- Alcohol can hurt your liver, which you need to clean your blood.
- Alcohol can make you feel really depressed and sad, and even become suicidal.
- Alcohol is illegal.
- Young people who drink are more likely to experiment with other drugs.
- Alcohol can lead to sexual assaults and unplanned pregnancy.
- Kids who start drinking before age 15 are 4 times more likely to develop alcoholism than someone who waits until they are 21 before they star