A cultural quirk

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In moderation, alcohol can provide productive benefits to mental and physical health. Credit@CamilleStyleviaflickr

From as early as the Neolithic period, alcohol has been present in the lives of civilisation and from then onwards, a rather quickly ascribed commodity. Be it from the Middle Ages where beer was imbibed on a regular basis by children and adults of all classes in order to substitute water, to ancient Mesopotamia, and Egypt, alcohol has been present and thriving.

A derivative of the organic compound, ethanol, alcohol has become an exceedingly popular beverage, raising media awareness and public regard since the increase in industry, youth independence and beneficial workers’ unions. However, alcohol, with its heady appeal serves as more than simply a social lubricant. When taken in smaller, conservative doses, the beverage, be it wine, beer or gin, may serve to be a productive asset to society.

Encouraging the taking up of alcohol has yet to prove successful, especially within youth culture. However, infrequent drinking within of-age youth society; using some alcohols as a social lubricant in order to maintain rapports and friendships as well as procure the buzz that is associated with drinking, may serve to provide young adults with a penchant for responsible drinking later on in life. Alcohol may serve as a means of lesson-learning for the younger generation, one that more parents and carers may wish to teach their children. Alcohol may be more of an asset to society when the value of it is reaped.

Red wine and its benefits Cedit@Artemis-ClareseandFrancois

Red wine and its benefits Cedit@Artemis-Clarese

Moderately drank, red wine might be seen as a healthier option over other alcoholic beverages when taken within a glass or two. Rich in flavonoids or antioxidants as well as a substance called resveratrol, the deep magenta liquid has been assumed to protect the blood vessels in the heart. Likewise, associated with the rise in HDL cholesterol, control of diabetes and aid in obesity within mice, red wine has become known as a beneficial drinking option. Similarly, this type of wine has been shown to aid the number of blood clots within the walls of arteries leading to the heart and brain. Promising in moderation, this particular alcohol has become slightly more encouraged within the ethanol family. Healthiest within a dose of 5 ounces (according to studies in the US), this drink is fast becoming a more productive option over other alcohols; its research, however, yet to be tested on humans, continues stronger than ever.

While necessary to impart that the productivity of alcohol on the body and mind solely depends on an individuals own body, handling and tolerance, overall, it is important to note that alcohol in small amounts may be a beneficial idea. The journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment has stated that drinking may prevent forms of dementia and other cognitive impairments. Co-author of the journal, Edward Neafsey has stated that “moderate drinking-if it is truly moderate-can be beneficial.” Science Daily, the source of the journal, states that the decrease in chance of these cognitive impairments are 23%. Likewise, studies may show that moderate drinkers sleep better, and that women who drink regularly tend to have more folate, a B vitamin which aids cell division and may prevent breast cancer.

Statistics from AB InBev UK which suggest that 49% of UK adults believe that alcoholic- free beer is more socially acceptable than it was 5 years ago suggests that more people may have become independent of alcohol. The idea that drinking is needed to enjoy oneself is fast becoming an illusion, reinforced by 59% of men stating that they would be okay with ordering alcohol-free beer in a bar in front of friends and co-workers. Perhaps more so than simply suggesting that people are reducing their drinking habits from 5 years ago, the data may also claim that more people are becoming comfortable with alternatives.

Alcohol’s side effects range in productivity. More people drinking moderately due to studies and research may provide a more productive outlook for society. Drinking certain alcohols responsibly may be a healthier option than otherwise assumed, providing surprising benefits to the human body; many have yet to be unlocked. However the rise in research on alcohol is an encouraging thing.

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