Over 10 million adults in the United States are alcoholics and more than 7.3 million alcohols of suspected or experienced negative consequences of alcohol use, such as arrest or involvement in an accident. If you are an alcoholic, or you know someone who is an alcoholic, here are ten good reasons to give up alcohol.
1. Excessive amount of alcohol makes you stupid. Research has shown that most alcoholics reduce brain size and reduce intellectual functioning. How much it can be reversible is still in question, but one thing is certain – the continued use only exploits the problem.
2. It destroys your sex life. In a study of normal healthy men who received 220 grams of alcohol a day for 4 weeks, testosterone levels decreased after only 5 days and continued to fall during the test period.
3. It can cost you your job. Did you ever wake up and you had to report to the sick, because you could not function after the night of drinking? Alcoholics spend millions of dollars every year on employers. No wonder the employers shoot at alcoholics.
4. It can destroy your chances of creating a family. The consequences of reproduction related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism range from infertility and an increased risk of spontaneous abortion, to disturbed growth and the development of the fetus.
5. May affect your bone development. A research carried out by Dr. Chakkalakal of the Omaha VA Medical Center in Nebraska describes how heavy drinking leads to bone loss, a greater risk of fractures, and slower healing of bone fractures.
6. It takes away nutrients from you. Pancreas normally secretes digestive enzymes, but alohol reduces this secretion. Alcohol also reduces the absorption of nutrients by damaging cells that obstruct the stomach and intestines and prevent the transport of some nutrients into the blood.
7. It's hard for kids. It is estimated that 6.6 million children under the age of 18 live in the households of alcohol households. Children from alcoholic families suffer multiple levels of depression and anxiety, show more symptoms of generalized stress, have lower self-esteem and show more behavioral problems than children from non-alcoholic families.
8. It affects your dream. Sleep disturbances associated with alcoholism include increased sleep time, frequent waking and decreased subjective sleep quality associated with daily fatigue.
9. Can damage the brain. Strong alcohol consumption can have large and far-reaching effects on the brain. These effects range from simple failures in memory to durable and exhausting states, some of which require lifelong care.
10. Almost 20,000 people die each year from alcohol-related deaths. This number excludes those who die from alcohol-related accidents and killings.