WHY YOU SHOULD REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Orthodox medicine has not been able to unravel the specific causes of most chronic illnesses, however, some diseases have a number of well-studied risk factors, just like infection with HIV is closely associated with some clearly identified risk factors, with unprotected sexual intercourse being chief amongst them.
Indulgence in alcohol has been implicated as a risk factor for a number of medical illnesses. You might argue that a good number of chronic alcoholics are healthy, while some so-called fruit drink crusaders are plagued with various incurable diseases. However, it will be unwise to make comparison based on alcohol alone, because multiple factors come into play to bring about illnesses. Do you have information about their genetic makeup, family history, eating habits, use of powerful neutralizing antioxidants, and level of activity/exercise? You might also want to ask about the benefits of red wine, it has some benefits and bad side too.
The Liver is the most commonly affected organ, since it is burdened with the responsibility of handling alcohol/ethanol in all its forms, whether wine, gin (ogogoro), gbogbonise mix, beer or fermented nonalcoholic drink. It has been recommended that not more than 14 units of alcohol could be consumed weekly, spread over the week with some alcohol-free days, in other to prevent the long term complications of its consumption.
The number of companies producing alcoholic herbs/bitters have skyrocketed in the last few years, and have made these drinks particularly attractive by packaging it into 30-50mls sachets which seem affordable and harmless, because just few sachets of gin shouldn’t do any harm. A 50ml alcoholic drink/herb labeled 40% ABV contains 2 units of alcohol. The implication is that you shouldn’t take more than 1 of this each day. Some people take as much as 2 thrice daily; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well done!
I’m really concerned for a lot of commercial motorcyclists, drivers, and artisans generally, because I have observed an interesting trend amongst them; they start their days with few sachets of gin and wind up the day’s activities with more sachets of the same, or even reward themselves with bottles for a job well done, not knowing their Livers are gradually being overworked, with the full blown effect evident in years to come.
Let’s look at it this way; what makes a cloth old is not necessarily the number of years you’ve owned it, but the amount of work it has done. If you buy a special attire and put it on thrice a week, it begins to fade rapidly and can become old within few months. That’s exactly how most of us treat our bodies, giving it a duty of 20 years to perform within less than 5 years.