Perils of Alcohol and Alcoholism

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“Beer is proof that god is real, and that he loves us”. This is a comical quote from one of our most famous founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. This quote can also can be used to describe how most people who consume alcohol feel about it. Most of these people think that alcohol is a wonderful, magnificent drink that makes all their anxieties and problems go away. There are some, however, who know the truth about alcohol, or booze as it is more popularly known. Booze is a toxic, addictive, poison that brings out the worst in people and has very harmful long term effects on the body. The earliest known description of alcohol being consumed, according to National Geographic, comes from several thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt. Back then alcohol was primarily for royalty and the wealthy. The Ancient Egyptians like alcohol for the same reason that people today like it. Alcohol, because it being a poison, floods the body with endorphins which limits the electrical signals that pass between nerve cells. This causes the body,as well as the mind, to feel numb. By this I mean that all of the bodies senses are dulled. This can make people seem more calm and open about their feelings. Alcohol, however, according to Discovery Health, also floods the body with adrenalin because it sends the person into the “fight or flight” instinct. The fight or flight instinct is when the body feels that it is danger so it floods the body with adrenalin to make it more aggressive in a fight or be able to run faster and farther should they run away. The increased adrenalin also makes the person more easily offended. So this coupled with their more “liberal” state of mind, any discussion, with one or more intoxicated persons, with any disagreement will... ... middle of paper ... ... except help from others, to change their lives and live healthier, both physically and mentally. Works Cited “Booze”, Party Drugs. National Geographic Chanel. 27 September, 2013. Television Alcohol: The Poison Drink. Discovery Health. 30 November, 2013. Television Alcohol and Mental Health, Drinkaware.co.uk, October 2013, web, November 2013, http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/mental-health/alcohol- and-mental-health#chemistry Alcohol and Heart Disease, Drinkaware.co.uk, October 2013, web, November 2013, http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/effects-on-the- body/heart-disease PTSD and Problems with Alcohol Use, ptsd.va.gov, October 31, 2013, web, November 2013, http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/mental-health/alcohol- and-mental-health#chemistry
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