Alcohol:The Easy Feeling Killer.
Finding the Balance Between Relaxing and
October 6th, 2004
By Sal Roach : eCureMe.com 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."
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
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
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