Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
The Problem is drinking too much of the wrong drinks
The Solution : Stop Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
Humans like to become intoxicated. Fermented, liquid foods that contain
alcohol are used worldwide in parties, celebrations and rituals. It is common
for fermented foods to be included in the daily diet. Small doses of fermented
foods relax inhibitions and can feel pleasant in social situations. Larger doses
are toxic to the brain and disable the drinker. The regular abuse of
alcoholic beverages is called "alcoholism. The stigma attached to the term
"alcoholism" remains an obstacle to understanding this common problem.
There is a tendency to deny or to "normalize" excessive drinking. The use of
alcoholic beverages is woven into the fabric of society and excessive use of
alcohol is often considered "normal. Ingestion of alcoholic
beverage in excess produces many disease patterns involving every part of the
body. Even “moderate” alcohol abuse distorts the personality, emotions and
intellect of the "social drinker." The cognitive impairments and personality
distortion are a direct consequence of brain dysfunction cause by ethanol and
other chemical pathogens in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol abuse is
considered to be an addiction and some argue about calling alcoholism a
“disease.” The term “addiction” refers both the compulsive aspect of drinking
and also to the harm drinking causes. The drinker harms himself, his family and
the community at large. A reasonable person will notice the harm he or she is
causing and will seek to remedy the problem. An addict ignores the harm and
remains devoted to ingesting alcoholic beverages no matter how much harm is
Intoxication with alcoholic beverages generates behaviors that are
regrettable and often destructive. Drunk people do much harm to themselves and
others. The main drug effect is exerted by ethanol on the brain. As blood levels
of ethanol increase, more and more brain functions are shut-down, rendering the
intoxicant temporarily demented, with inappropriate behavior, incoordination and
poor judgment. Alcohol intoxication routinely promotes fighting, assaults and
death by accident or murder.
Preface to the book, Alcohol Problems and Solutions:
"I have learned that humans generally do things that they should stop doing.
In addition, I have learned that reasonable, rational solutions to human
problems are seldom pursued for very long. Alcohol abuse is one of the common
human aberrations that has an easy, rational solution --- stop drinking. But
drinkers routinely avoid the easy, rational path to health and happiness and
instead pursue a self-destructive course that causes much harm and great human
misery. This is a curious feature of the human mind that requires explanation.
Dr. Sidney Cohen, a drug abuse expert, described alcohol as "the most
dangerous drug on earth." There are a variety of drinking patterns and the range
of injury among alcohol abusers is great. Some are mildly injured and can
recover on their own with the right tools and techniques. Others are critically
injured, need hospitalization and prolonged rehabilitation with custodian
supervision. The challenge to a heavy drinker is not just to stop drinking
for a while, but to stop forever.
Alcoholism is a complex and diverse problem. My book attempts to understand
the problem of alcoholism and points to a comprehensive solution that requires
alcohol abstinence and diet revision along with moral and mental resolve to
restore a sane, sensible way of living. "
Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with increased risks for
all-cause mortality, motor vehicle crashes, stroke, cardiomyopathy, cardiac
dysrhythmia, sudden cardiac arrest, suicide, cancer (particularly of the breast
and gastrointestinal tract), cirrhosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, and sleep apnea.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excess
alcohol intake is responsible for nearly 90,000 deaths every year in the United
States, making it the third leading cause of death attributable to lifestyle.
Excess drinking resulted in over 1.2 million emergency department visits and
over 2.7 million physician office visits in 2006; that same year, excessive
drinking was responsible for an estimated $223.5 billion in economic and
healthcare costs. Stebbins and Comen reviewed the drinking habits in US cities.
They stated: ”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
excessive alcohol use cost the U.S. economy $249 billion in 2015 alone,
primarily in lost workplace productivity and health care costs. Excessive
alcohol consumption patterns are not uniform across the nation, however, and
residents of certain cities are much more likely to abuse alcohol than residents
of others. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed excessive drinking rates in 381 metro areas to
identify the drunkest and driest cities in the United States. Heavy drinking
cities tend to have better educated, higher earning populations than cities with
the lowest excessive drinking rates.” (Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Fact sheets—alcohol use and health. November 7, 2014. February 5,
2014. Samuel Stebbins, Evan Comen. The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in
America. 24/7 Wall Street. May 23, 2017 )