How dangerous is alcohol to human?
Posted by African Press International on December 27, 2006
Well, this is a question most people do not like to be faced with, because they want to avoid it, especially if they are drinkers.
Many people defend the amount of alcohol they drink by using all manners of argumentative methods. Are thery really aware of the dangers that follow alcohol that is consumed on daily basis.
First of all, it destroys their own personal economy. Then those who live in relationship can easily pick up arguments or quarrels due to alcohol and expenditure.
Many argue that some glasses of wine weekly is healthy for us human. What do you tell those whose immune system has been eaten up by diseases like HIV and Aids? Should they also have gallons of red wine yearly to help their health?
We all know alcohol breeds violence in most cases. So how much is good?
Recently, APN was out in a bar and saw total violence where a group of people, after drinking heavily, picked on each other and fought, until blood was shed all over the place.
They threw glasses on each other spilling a lot of blood in the bar. Not seeing where the glasses are landing people continued to throw. Is it not poor judgement after drinking? Are we able to do without alcohol? Would they have done that if they had not drunk alcohol.
Those who fought fiercely was a group of Africans versus Arabs, and no one knows to this date why they fought.
It was Thursday the 21st of December 3 days before Christmas eve. Imagine a fight that lands you in hospital in Christmas season. Is it worth it? Could those who fought have sorted out the problem without going physical?
Alcohol consumption is a clear danger to the society, but it seems the society is not able to deal with it properly, in order to avoid lasting damages alcohol causes to human.
And yet, if policies are put in place to ban alcohol, countries will be faced with economical problems. The business that survives on alcohol manufacture and sales will suffer. The employees in alcohol companies will have to be redundant.
Therefore, we can say there are no easy answer when we discus alcohol and its dangers!
It is important, however, that the public, that’s the grown ups should be role models to the young and impress upon them that alcohol is not good to our health.
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN