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re: Drug Experts Say Alcohol Worse than Crack or Heroin

Just on a personal basis I drink but never drink alone but may be once or twice a month with friends. I also don't think or believe it is necessary to have social fun.

If I visit someone I am happy if they offer a drink or not but I am unhappy when people try to get you drunk. I hate hangovers.

It is said that even food can be poison if not handled well. There is no shortage of veggie/abstainer obese to be matched with non-abstainer or non-veggie obese where Obesity has been classified is one of the biggest unrecognized diseases of our times. Doctors don't say much about it because it makes the patients uncomfortable and it is very time consuming to fix related to lifestyle.

Sat Sri Akal.
Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network
Here is a USA source well reputed and a very well recognized institution's view with specifics and I believe very well written.
Alcohol use is a slippery slope. Moderate drinking can offer some health benefits. But it's easy to drink too heavily, leading to serious health consequences.

By Mayo Clinic staff
It sounds like a mixed message: Drinking alcohol may offer some health benefits, especially for your heart. On the other hand, alcohol may increase your risk of health problems and damage your heart.
So which is it? When it comes to drinking alcohol, the key is moderation and low-risk drinking. Certainly, you don't have to drink any alcohol, and if you currently don't drink, it's unlikely your doctor would suggest that you start drinking for the possible health benefit. In some cases, it's safest to avoid alcohol entirely — the possible benefits don't outweigh the risks.
If you do drink alcohol, drink only lightly or in moderation to reduce risks and maximize any health benefits. Here's a closer look at the connection between alcohol and your health.
Health benefits of moderate alcohol use

Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits. It may:
  • Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
  • Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack
  • Possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes
  • Lower your risk of gallstones
  • Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
Even so, the evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol isn't certain, and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks.
Moderate alcohol use may be of most benefit only if you're an older adult or if you have existing risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol. If you're a middle-aged or younger adult, some evidence shows that even moderate alcohol use may cause more harm than good. In fact, if you're a woman and drink alcohol, talk to your doctor about taking supplemental folate to help reduce the risk of breast cancer associated with alcohol use. You can take other steps to benefit your cardiovascular health besides drinking — eating a healthy diet and exercising, for example.
Guidelines for moderate alcohol use

What counts as a healthy "dose" of alcohol that may be good for you hasn't been determined. But under U.S. health guidelines, moderate drinking is defined as:
  • Healthy men 66 and older: a maximum of three drinks per occasion, or seven drinks a week
  • Healthy men 65 and younger: a maximum of four drinks per occasion, or 14 drinks a week
  • Healthy women: a maximum of three drinks per occasion, or seven drinks a week
Examples of one drink include:
  • Beer: 12 ounces (355 milliliters)
  • Wine: 5 ounces (148 milliliters)
  • 80-proof distilled spirits: 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters)

Alcohol use: If you drink, keep it moderate

When to avoid alcohol use

Keep in mind that moderate use of alcohol doesn't mean that using alcohol is risk-free. For example, if you drink too much alcohol on one occasion — say you binge drink a week's worth of alcohol in one or two days — you face serious health problems. Likewise if you drink and drive.
Here are other situations in which the risks of alcohol use may outweigh possible health benefits:
  • You're pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • You've had a previous hemorrhagic stroke
  • You've been diagnosed with alcoholism or alcohol abuse
  • You have liver disease
  • You have pancreatic disease
  • You have heart failure or you've been told you have a weak heart or dilated cardiomyopathy
  • You're planning to drive a vehicle or operate machinery
  • You're under age 21
Some situations are less clear cut. Use alcohol only with great care and after consulting your doctor if:
Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network
  • You have a family history of alcoholism
  • You take prescription medications for a health problem
  • You use over-the-counter pain relievers or fever reducers
  • You have a family history of breast cancer
  • You have precancerous changes in your esophagus, larynx, pharynx or mouth
Consequences of heavy alcohol use

Although moderate alcohol use may offer some health benefits, heavy drinking, binge drinking and other dangerous drinking can cause potentially serious health problems, including:
  • Certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus and liver
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease
  • Heart muscle damage (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) leading to heart failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Suicide
  • Accidental serious injury or death
  • Miscarriage
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome and other health problems in an unborn child
Drink alcohol only in moderation — or not at all

The bottom line is this: Don't feel pressured to drink alcohol. And if you don't drink alcohol now, check with your doctor first if you want to have an occasional drink to reap possible health benefits. Few medical experts, if any, advise nondrinkers to start drinking. But if you do drink alcohol and you're healthy, there's probably no need to stop as long as you drink responsibly and in moderation.
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