The New Year’s can be a great time to get together with family, eat, and have a good time. It’s fun and there’s nothing like counting down to the new year. A new year can mean a fresh start for some and for others it can to achieve more than last year. With all this fun going on, it’s almost a sure thing that someone will offer you something to drink. This calls for the question, “Should you drink alcohol this New Year’s Eve?”
Any party we go to thrown by our family will have alcohol. For us, there’s no getting away from it unless we stay home. As a matter of fact, the first time I ever drank alcohol was at a New Year’s party. My fourteen-year-old self was blacked out, laughing and crying, and making a fool of myself on video. Thinking about it now makes me sick!
In order to really make an educated decision, it’s important to understand what alcohol does to the body.
What Alcohol Does To The Body
Alcohol impacted almost every area of the body. Therefore, let’s start with the control system of the body: the brain.
While intoxicated, a person begins to stumble and cannot stand correctly. The reason for this is because alcohol doesn’t allow the brain to properly communicate with the rest of the body. Talk about scary! It also affects the way the brain stores memories which is why many people wake up the next day having no clue what took place the night before.
I don’t want anything in my body that has the power to do that!
Long term effects of the brain include a reduced brain size and damaged frontal lobes.
Have you ever noticed that people who drink too much the night before may wake up with a raspy voice? That’s because the throat is filled with a bunch of extremely sensitive nerve endings. Indulging in alcohol literally burns up those nerve endings. Over an extended period of exposing them to this kind of substance can lead to cancer of the mouth, throat, or esophagus.
Consuming alcohol over time can lead to some serious heart issues.
Many horrible things can happen to the liver because of alcohol drinking. For example, the liver can only oxidize one drink an hour. When someone consumes multiple drinks, this poor organ struggles all night long.
Overuse of alcohol can leave the liver inflamed while it tries to heal itself, forming scar tissue. However, when enough scar tissue is formed it’s known as cirrhosis. Scar tissue cannot perform as great as healthy cells. If someone has cirrhosis, they’re at risk for liver failure if they do not stop drinking. This condition can be fatal.
There are 2 million people in the United States right now suffering from liver disease. 
Long term drinking puts people at risk of liver failure.
Also, there’s a reason why people tell you to eat before you drink. When you don’t have any food in your stomach, the alcohol gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Alcohol is a diuretic. It makes you urinate more and the end result is dehydration and thirst. That’s why many people wake up the next morning with a dry mouth and craving water.
In addition to everything above, there are many more negative outcomes from drinking alcohol. I’ll list some so you can see for yourself.
- People who drink lose their muscle mass.
- A 6-pack can have about 800 calories in it.
- Drinkers can experience bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, and bloating.
- Alcohol can cause colon cancer.
- It flushes out calcium and puts the consumer at risk for osteoporosis.
Should You Drink Alcohol This New Year’s Eve?
But you can make a difference. You have a choice. Should you drink alcohol this New Year’s Eve? If your health is important to you, then the obvious answer is no. Why spend money to support an industry that does so much harm to families and the body of those who drink it? When people ask you why you refuse to drink, tell them some of the facts you learned today.
Don’t be afraid to share this article and informed others of the life-changing effects of alcohol and why it should be avoided at all costs.
Check out the full article, “Deadly Consequences Of Drinking Alcohol.”