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The effect of beer on human health
What are the delights of this drink? Beer is made from a very useful product - barley, which contains proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins. But in beer wort, fermentation microbes eat this wonderful product, using it for its growth, reproduction and producing alcohol as a final metabolic product (a kind of “urine”), which is extremely dangerous for the life of all living organisms.
The pharmacological action of beer is such that it promotes relaxation and tranquility. In the 20s of the last century, it was recommended as a sedative. Thus, drinking a bottle of beer, a person accustoms himself not only to the usual intoxicating effect of alcohol, but also to a sedative. Some time passes, and it becomes an essential element of tranquility. Doses increase, alcohol excesses appear, memory lapses occur. The first drink of the day is carried over to an ever earlier date: on an early evening, on a late day, at noon, and, finally, in the morning. Beer becomes a habit and is involved in the biochemical processes of the body. Alcoholism is forming.
At the same time, beer alcoholism forms faster than vodka. In the twentieth century, Europe was swept by a real epidemic of alcoholism. Heads of state of that period gathered at a forum to discuss this issue. They decided that it was better to reduce the production of spirits and establish the release of weaker ones. And what? Beer alcoholism was even worse than vodka. In Germany, where beer is traditionally consumed, the majority of the drinking population suffers from beer alcoholism. No wonder Bismarck, the first Reich Chancellor of Germany, wrote: "From beer they are made lazy, stupid and powerless."
Beer alcoholism creates a false impression of well-being. Beer in public opinion is almost not alcohol, since beer alcoholization does not show characteristic alcoholic excesses with fights and a sobering drink for a long time. The need to drink beer does not cause such anxiety in a person as the need for vodka, so beer alcoholism is more insidious than vodka: it develops unnoticed, but when it develops, it is very heavy alcoholism.
Studies conducted in many countries indicate that chronic alcoholism develops 3-4 times faster from drinking beer than from strong alcoholic products. It’s more difficult to fight the beer craving than the vodka craving. This attraction is very annoying and difficult to let go. For a very long time, the patient wants to once again feel this deep sedative-relaxing effect, serenity, peace, inhale the aroma, feel the taste of this devilish drink. As a result, beer alcoholism develops as a serious illness that is difficult to treat. This is emphasized by all narcologists.
Vershadenko Ivan Ivanovich, narcologist, Orenburg:
“We call beer the“ gateway ”of alcoholism. Beer alcoholism takes longer to form (from 1 year to several years), but it is difficult to proceed. And the way out of such a binge is very long. The consequences are more destructive. In the body, the volume of circulating fluid increases, therefore, the load on the heart and kidneys increases, and this leads to the development of serious pathologies. I’m not talking about the brain and liver - these organs suffer first of all. ”
Batrakova Vera Anatolevna, psychologist, psychologist, Orenburg:
“Beer is a delayed drunkenness, the starting point of alcoholism. This is a bridge to the use of stronger drugs. Now it’s more frequent cases of beer alcoholics. In past years, this happened occasionally. Advertising plays a big role in this. Look at what we are accustomed to: any life situation does not do without a drink. People think that it is harmless, that beer is not vodka, otherwise it would not be advertised. But in our country, the majority of the population already has a congenital predisposition to alcoholism, so beer plays the same role as vodka. The Duma, which allowed beer advertising, allows their children to drink too much ... ”
In the 70–80s, beer in Russia was in great demand due to the fact that in terms of 1 g of alcohol it was the cheapest alcohol: for one penny it was possible to purchase 1.2–1.4 g of “beer” alcohol and only about 0.5 g of vodka. An extremely characteristic disease of the time was alcoholic cirrhosis. As a rule, it developed among consumers of beer and chatters.
In the early 90s, the situation changed. Beer has become an expensive drink. For some time, beer consumption fell. But several years passed and it turned out that they were drinking beer again, but they were already drinking "everything and everywhere." Young and old, men and women, boys and girls, boys and girls, not only in restaurants and bars, in the home circle, but also on the street, on the go, drink from bottles, cans, on tap. This beer boom has led to an outbreak of beer alcoholism among both adults and children.
Beer producers present their product as low alcohol, but meanwhile, scientists say there are no harmless doses of alcohol. Whatever alcoholic products a person consumes, in fact, ethanol, which is found in absolutely all alcoholic products, enters his body.
Alcohol (ethyl alcohol) is a protoplasmic poison: when it dissolves the phospholipids of the membranes of the body’s cells, it freely enters the protoplasm of the cell, changing it so that the nucleus of the cell, which receives food from protoplasmic inclusions, remains without energy support and dies, and this leads to death whole cell.
Consequently, alcohol has a destructive effect on all organs and systems of the human body.
To date, the variety of pathological effects of beer on the human body is known. There is a death of brain cells, myocardial dystrophy, cirrhosis, hepatitis, neuropathy, damage to the visual and auditory analyzers, loss of memory, speech, coordination, the risk of inferior offspring, infertility, impotence.
The most devastating consequence of excessive consumption of beer (as defined by German professor Bolinger) is the development of a disease called the Bavarian beer heart. It is expressed in the expansion of the cavities of the heart, thickening of its walls, necrosis in the heart muscle, etc.
Among the reasons for the development of cardiac pathology, several are distinguished:
• the presence of cobalt in beer, used as a stabilizer of beer foam;
• very large portions of beer, leading to an increase in blood volume, which must be pumped to the heart muscle, and this requires additional energy. It is well known that an increase in the amount of work leads to rapid wear of heart tissue;
• high calorie content of beer (100 g of alcohol gives 770 Kcal), leading to the growth of adipose tissue throughout the body, including in the heart, etc.
The described condition is also called the “kapron stocking” syndrome, when the heart sags, becomes flabby, does not pump blood well.
But the harmful effect of beer does not end there. Do not make beer without hops. And as a result of hop fermentation, cadaveric poison is released - cadaverine. Beer also contains a number of toxic substances, including salts of heavy metals, causing a change in the endocrine system. So, in the body of men with the systematic use of beer, a substance is released that suppresses the production of the male sex hormone methyltestosterone. At the same time, female sex hormones begin to be produced, causing a change in the appearance of the man: the mammary glands grow, the pelvis becomes wider.
Women are more likely to develop cancer, and if it is a nursing mother, then the child may have epileptic seizures.
Carbon dioxide in beer helps to flush out calcium from the body, which is necessary not only for the structure of bone tissue and effective muscle action, but also for the transmission of nerve impulses in the body. Hypocalcemia leads to the development of convulsive readiness.
How much ethyl alcohol, or poison, is in an alcoholic product, is written on its label. The inscription on a beer bottle of 10% means that 100 grams of beer contains 10 grams of ethyl alcohol or poison. Accordingly, a five hundred gram bottle of beer contains 50 grams of poison.
According to modern research, beer is the first legal drug paving the way for more powerful drugs. It is beer consumption that is the root cause of the crippled fates of millions of our compatriots. It is worth recalling that in 1975 the World Health Organization decided to consider alcohol a drug, that is, attributed it to drugs that undermine human health and put it in this row in the first place.
Narcologists claim that alcohol is the most aggressive of drugs. Beer alcoholism is characterized by particular cruelty. Recall at least the May events of 2002 on the Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, when football fans excited by beer staged "large-scale demonstration beatings" not only of compatriots, but also of citizens of other countries. A graduate of one of Moscow schools was accidentally beaten to death, accidentally finding himself in a crowd of drunken teenagers and youth, smashing cars and shop windows, brutally beating people who accidentally fell into their hands ...
These data indicate that not only the bodily and mental health of a person suffers, but also spiritual. The Bible says: "Drunkards of the Kingdom of God will not inherit." “The devil loves no one so much as a drunkard, because no one does his evil will like a drunkard.” (St. John Chrysostom). "And the devil sends demons, saying:" Go, teach Christians drunkenness and every work of my desire. " (Rev. Theophan the Recluse).
Considering how much ills drunkenness brings to Russians, it is worthwhile to be guided today by the words of St. Tikhon Zadonsky: “There are two ways, choose any: one serves the enemy and the other serves God. If you want to serve the enemy - drink wine, beer, vodka yourself, treat people, celebrate christenings, weddings, funerals with refreshments - and you will serve the enemy. If you want to serve God, the first thing: stop drinking beer, wine and vodka yourself; neither more nor less, but completely quit, so as not to tempt people. Second: give up the custom of treating others on wires, weddings, christenings, do not be afraid that people will condemn you for this. Fear not people, but God. This is not a joke. And if we are not just verbal Christians, but really want to serve Christ and God, then we can’t continue to drink wine and treat them. ”
Unfortunately, at present, the state has not taken decisive actions that protect a person from slavery of this passion, and the reality is that more and more young people are drawn into drinking. There is only one way out - it is worth starting with yourself, so that children do not have an example to follow, and the alcoholic mafia has huge incomes. This path is difficult, but the main thing "would be a desire ...".
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