21 October 2013
Drinking: The Benefits and Dangers of an Addiction
For centuries, alcoholic beverages have been used from a relaxation remedy to a tool of formal entertainment. Moderate drinking such as this has been conversed by many as a benefit to ones health; however, anything more than moderate drinking can negate these potential benefits. Also, in today’s society, teenagers are put under the beverage’s influence usually due to either every day sighting or peer pressure from possibly a parent, a family member or friends. Debates here in the United States have been happening on and off since 1988, about whether or not setting the minimum drinking age to 21 will be a safe guard of avoiding alcoholism, drunk driving, and the many (sometimes fatal) diseases associated with alcohol. So far it has, giving the exceptions for consumption at home, under adult supervision, for medical necessity, and other personal reasons. However, on the other hand, our 50 states have enacted specific laws defining and punishing these previously quoted offenses and regulating the types of establishments where alcoholic beverages can be served and sold.
When it comes to alcohol, it is no surprise to say the cons outweigh the pros. Then again, the beverage is still used (on a moderate level) by people to relax, “lighten their mood” so-to-speak, or for a specific medical reason. Numerous studies show, in fact, that “moderate drinkers have significantly lower rates of heart attack, blood clot-caused stroke, peripheral vascular disease, sudden cardiac death, and death from all cardiovascular causes”. So far there is a 25 to 50 percent reduction in these risks among these particular drinkers. Good cholesterol (HDL) is also a benefit, since it has been seen to raise levels of protection against heart disease. Moderate amounts of alcohol are too associated with improved sensitivity to insulin and improved blood clotting mechanisms. This have lowered the rates...