January 11, 2007
Problems associated with drinking
Many people take an occasional drink with no problems. Some people drink moderately and appear to have no repercussions. There are times, however, when drinking can be risky business.
Health problems can develop and relationships can suffer as well as careers. If you are concerned about any of these scenarios you may want to stop drinking. Read on and find out about some of the problems associated with drinking, even moderately.
Did you know that you don’t need to drink much alcohol before your driving ability suffers? There are driving skills that can be impaired by a blood alcohol level as low as 00.2%.
An empty stomach makes the alcohol react even more quickly. If you continue to drink, your driving will become even more impaired. Most states have the blood alcohol level set at 0.08% but driving skills can be negatively affected at far lower levels.
Many medications do not mix with alcohol. You should stop drinking if you are taking medications that do not react well with the consumption of alcohol.
There are even over-the-counter medications like antihistamines that do not mix well with alcohol. You can be risking liver damage and other problems if you are taking medications that should not be combined with alcohol. Read the package directions, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
There are many other problems that can occur when people drink and are not willing to stop drinking. You may end up at odds or even separated from family members and friends. Your job situation may become strained and you could risk losing the chance at a promotion or even lose your job.
Often people who drink end up having problems with the legal system because of the poor choices made while drinking. This can be costly in many ways.
Licenses and insurance can be revoked and time in jail may be required. Many of these legal situations will require the expense of an attorney and you may need to miss valuable time at work.
Women who are pregnant and drink may be endangering their unborn child. Many birth defects are related to women who drink during pregnancy. If you are pregnant you should stop drinking immediately.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is an extremely serious problem that can occur and it leads to children who have severe mental, physical, and behavioral problems that can last for the lifetime of the child.
There are long term problems associated with drinking. Heart disease, liver disease and certain kinds of cancer can develop gradually. Pancreatitis is a condition that can occur if a person drinks too much.
The pancreas helps digest the food we eat and also helps regulate the blood sugar in our bodies by producing insulin.
Men often develop these problems more slowly than women even when they consume more alcohol. Some of these adverse health situations can be reversed if a person stops drinking soon enough.
Many of these health problems can be treated. If you know someone who is drinking too heavily or if this is a problem that you are experiencing you should take action. Talk to the person or make an appointment to see your doctor.