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Straightforward Guide: Alcohol Facts


Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 Straightforward Guide: Alcohol Facts

Inexcess carry out research on a daily basis, for up to date current and factual information that may compliment the recovery journey. There is much evidence and factual information to absorb at any one given time. Thus when an article of value is identified for its content and simplicity, Inexcess, will take that data on board, as reporteded by the Mail (24/01/07)

Top ten alcohol facts:

It has been established that One in 20 people in the UK cannot get through the day without a drink, says a report by the Institute of Alcohol Research, and twice as many people are addicted to alcohol than to any other legal or illegal drug.

Arguably, Wine drinkers are less likely to get cancer than those who drink beer or spirits. A substance found in grapes, called resveratol, is thought to inhibit cancer.

A glass of red wine a day may also help combat heart disease. But you can get the same benefits from drinking red grape juice. This contains about three times more nitric acid than wine, which widens blood vessels and so protects against strokes.

It has been claimed that people who drink between seven and 21 units of spirits a week (as opposed to wine) double their likelihood of getting cancer of the digestive tract compared to teetotallers.

In addition, it is normally considered that women generally drink far less than men, the consequences are more serious. They become intoxicated more quickly and alcohol causes more physical harm. This is because women’s bodies have far more fat and less water than men and concentrations of alcohol are therefore higher in women than in men of equal height and weight.

Women who drink between two and five units a day are increasing their chances of up to 41 pc more likely to get breast cancer than abstainers.

Pregnant women can drink a small amount of alcohol without harming their babies, says the Royal College of Obstetricians. But any more than two units a day and they run the risk of harming the brain of the unborn baby.

A little alcohol can boost your libido, but more than three units a day does the reverse. And, women who drink moderately or otherwise take longer to get pregnant.

Alcohol is not to blame for ‘beer bellies’. Beer contains no fat or sugar, and has a good amount of carbohydrates, protein and vitamins. But it is a great appetite stimulant so we eat more.

Alcohol has been shown to offer protection against mouth ulcers. In a study involving 447 people, aged between 15-79, alcohol seemed to stop mouth ulcers from developing.

Alcoholism may be genetic. Scientists in America have found that children whose parents were drinkers were more likely to become alcohol dependent than those whose parents didn’t drink, and this also applied to adopted children who were raised by non-drinking parents.

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