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Alcohol:The Easy Feeling Killer.
Finding the Balance Between Relaxing and Killing Yourself.

October 6th, 2004

By Sal Roach : Staff Writer

Name the three leading causes of death in the United States each year? The first of course is smoking, the second is lack of nutritional management and the third is alcohol.

The totals of these three categories reach over 100,000 each year. It seems that since these measures are all preventative in nature, we must ask ourselves as a country, "Why are we engaged in such a suicidal lifestyle."

Alcohol:The Easy Feeling Killer

Want some staggering numbers? According to the CDC, last year there were over 34,000 deaths related to alcohol related illness. That’s just your physical state. How about the nearly 40,000 that died from car crashes and other incidents relate to inebriation.

It seems to all be addiction. The need to consume is indeed consuming us.

If you have two drinks a day or over 4 drinks when you are out partying, you are thought to be consuming at an excessive rate and are at a higher risk for fatality or severe medical problems.

Although there has been recent push to inform people on the dangers of smoking and over eating unhealthy, there seems to be no stemming the tide of alcohol commercials that sell you a lifestyle along with their drink.

Now, we are not Puritans here. In fact, drinking at a moderate rate is thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Legend has it that because the French and Italians drink so much of red wine, the heart disease in those countries is at a staggering low rate.

Medically, there is some proof of that. Red wine neutralizes the endothelin molecule in your body, a strong carrying agent for heart disease and other coronary malfunctions.

This acts as a protein fragment that runs along the walls of blood vessels and can strengthen the veins and arteries.

Again, too much of a good thing can kill you. Too much can cause atherosclerosis, which can quickly bring about coronary heart disease.

Watch what you drink and more importantly, why you are drinking. You may not realize that while you think you are easing your pain, you are only drowning slower. Cheers.

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