Many of us have an uncle,
grandfather or other friends that reached an
advanced age despite the fact that they had drunk
excessively. Howere, they are only few exceptions
due to the fact that the human body is a
wonderful complex mechanism with an outstanding
capacity to adjust. That's the reason why some
people can tolerate high amounts of alcohol
better than others without displaying noticeable
symptoms. Nevertheless, excessive drinking does
The border between a normal and an abusive
drinking is not well defined by the society and,
for the majority, this border is rather based on
the risks of health problems caused by alcohol,
not on thier atitude towards the alcohol.
There are 2 different types of abusive
- habitual drinker, is a person
that (1) drinks frequently to feel comfortable,
(2) usually stands out due to an advanced stage of
intoxication, and (3) develops serious medical
- intentional drinker, is a person that
(1) drinks deliberately and usually has difficulties
stopping once they started, and (2) uses alcohol
to cope with personal conflicts, crises, and inferiority
We talk about an abusive drinking when
- in improper circumstances (such
as driving the car, at the office, during
physical activities, when pregnant);
- until they get drunk;
- until they numb a bad mood (when
- long term drinking of high
amounts of alcohol (for males -
over 40 grams, for females - over 20
grams pure alcohol/day).
Several studies suggest that an avarage
alcohol amount of 60 grams (pure alcohol) per day
over the years causes hepatic lesions in men.
Also, 20 grams of pure alcohol per day increases
the risk of hepatic disorders in women.
Even a daily dose of 40 grams represents
increases the risk for brain problems.
For a better understanding, I've posted below an
alcoholic beverages chart that explains the
alcohol amount contained by the most popular
alcoholic drinks available on the market.
According to several studies,
the human body can eliminate 7÷10 grams of pure
alcohol in one hour.
According to the alcohol legislation (in
Romania), the label of each alcoholic beverage
needs to mention the amount of alcohol contained.
Alcohol is an ingredient that can be
present in small or high amount (up to 70-80%) in
several drugs such cough syrup, sleeping pills,
mouth wash, etc.,
According to the facts presented above, most of
us can take in an excessive amount of alcohol in
certain moments during the lifespan. This is the
reason why, those people facing the risk of
becoming alcohol addicted or are already addicted
do not realise the danger they face.
As an alarming conclusion, I can say that the
alcohol abuse is rather a rule than an exception.
According to the World
Health Organization, the amount of alcohol
considered inoffensive for a healthy man is 7g
pure alcohol per day.