Alcohol is such a common thing in western culture, so nobody considers its disadvantages. It is way easier to avoid the problem than quitting it in favor of better health, as well as mental clarity and spiritual awareness. Even though drinking can undoubtedly be fun, it is still intriguing to see how something as harmful as alcohol is legal. How can it be so well-accepted, when a lot of other mind-alerting substances are illegal?
Even the drinkers that are casual might be susceptible to the downsides of the alcohol.
One research has linked this fact to the development of cancer. In fact, the latest research that explored the harm of alcohol examines the way in which it affects our brain.
There was a study which was published in 2017, in the medical journal The BMJ. Some researchers have presented evidence to prove the enduring hypothesis that alcohol is extremely harmful to certain areas of the human brain.
“The study followed about 550 men and women for 30 years, measuring the structure and function of their brain, to determine how alcohol use affects the mind over time. What they have found is that the more people drank, the more atrophy happened in the brain’s hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped structure in our brain which plays a role in strong memories. The highest risk was for those people who drank 17 standard drinks or more of alcohol per week. But, even the people that drank moderately saw some elevated risk for cognitive changes.”
The hippocampus plays an important role in regulating the limbic system and memory or our body. This explains why drunk people often have slurred speech, lethargic movement, as well as poor memory and usually suffer from blackouts.
However, the study points out that those who are regular drinkers can experience some continual atrophy of the hippocampus. This is a sign that as the years pass, the effects compound, leading to some severe health problems as we age.
As the research methods improve, we are learning more and more about the cognitive changes in the brains of people who drink regularly.
We can also understand the importance of these developments by observing the cultural exaltation of alcohol as something that is harmless in moderation, as well as something that supposedly provides some benefits.
“The methods of investigating the association that is between alcohol and health are refined. However, the size of the apparent benefits also reduces substantially.”
There are some long-ranging, as well as subtle and deteriorative aspects of alcohol consumption which run opposite of the logic of it being legal in our society. One explanation is that some consider chronically poor health to be a business model. Instead, the medical establishment benefits financially from the individual’s whole health are in a continuous decline. At the same time, in this modern society, the natural substances which do improve our health while providing enjoyable recreational experiences are still prohibited.