Understanding Alcohol
Alcohol Alcohol Types

Understanding Alcohol

September 22, 2018

What Makes Alcohol So Unputdownable?

What we popularly refer to as alcohol is basically ethyl alcohol or ethanol. It is a colorless, transparent, volatile liquid that has a spirituous odor and a burning taste. It is produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates like starch and sugar from fruits, jaggery, barley, grains, potatoes, etc. Alcohol plays a major role in the society of many cultures. It is legal even though its overuse might lead to serious consequences. Before moving on to the different types of alcoholic beverages and how addictive they are, it is important we know how alcohol moves through our body.

How Does Alcohol Move Through the Body?

Like sugar, alcohol is an energy producing ingredient, but the body does not use this energy for life processes. Instead, it is absorbed by the blood from the small intestine and stomach. When it reaches the liver, most of it gets converted to produce heat and energy which gives the drinker a false sense of warmth. It is then carried to the heart and then to the lungs after which some of it gets expelled through breath, and the rest is ejected through sweat and urine.

The effect of alcohol varies from person to person depending upon his age, weight, alcohol tolerance, the rate of alcohol consumption, etc.
Alcohol is a depressant; it blunts the senses and acts as a sedative or anesthetic agent. When taken in low doses, it causes momentary happiness or euphoria, relaxation, reduces anxiety and stress and improves amiability. But, if taken in high quantities it might lead to alcoholism, trance or coma, and even death.

Reasons for Alcohol Consumption

  • To escape the reality of life- failures and disappointments.
  • To overcome social anxiety and inferiority complex and achieve the Dutch courage.
  • For recreational purpose.
  • Peer pressure or to fit in a particular circle of people.
  • To relax or relieve oneself from physical distress.
  • To boost appetite.V