The common effect of ingesting alcohol in sufficient quantities is that one becomes intoxicated. But even drinking it in small amounts is not without repercussions. The almighty God tells us “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling…Are an abomination, of Satan’s handiwork: Shun such (abomination), That ye may prosper. ” (Holy Quran 5:93. ). And: “…give strong unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those with heavy hearts. ”(Proverbs 32:6. ). It is God’s word that alcohol is not to be consumed, and is to be avoided.
Even the wisdom of poets, preachers and philosophers from time’s past do not contradict Gods words. Such statements as “drunkenness is simply voluntary madness” (Seneca), “Drunkenness… spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. ”(William), and “Drunkenness is the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, and momentary death. ”(Basil) all give credence to this fact. I propose what I believe to be right: in God’s view and wise in the eyes of many generations of men: Alcohol is evil.
It is responsible for many of the problems we face in our society today: an over-burdened health care system, the breakdown of families, and many of the problems of society at large. The Effects of Alcohol on Health In every country in the world today where alcohol is legalized, the number of alcoholics is increasing. Consequently, the myriad of alcohol related health problems are also on a steady rise. “In the U. S. A. , the number of alcoholics has increased from four million in the 1960s to ten million in the 1970s” (Islamweb).
Rapid rise in the numbers of alcoholics is also seen in Britain, other parts of Europe, Africa and, indeed, all over the globe. Alcohol is known to be a risk factor in most of the life-threatening diseases of man. From the brain to the liver, the kidneys and the general body systems, there is an echo of the devastations caused by alcohol. As “Inside Story: the Body” explains, “Cell membranes control what substances move in and out of cells. Alcohol acts directly on nerve cell membranes interfering with the movement of substances into and out of the brain.
This affects all brain functions. ” (3. ). Prolonged use of alcohol destroys brain cells that can not be regenerated. Not only is alcohol toxic to the body, it prevents the body from absorbing vitamins that are critical to maintaining healthy nerve tissue. The physical effects of alcohol in someone who is intoxicated are easy to see. Since alcohol causes the brain to release potassium, it has a relaxing effect on the body’s functions. Someone who is drunk has an impaired sense of balance, and will stagger when they walk.
They may have the feeling that the room is spinning. Speech is slurred, and their emotions become erratic and unpredictable. Memory suffers, and if you ask someone what he or she did when they were drunk, they will surely have no answer. These symptoms usually go away after the alcohol has left their system, but their nervous system has still suffered abuse. As with most drugs, alcohol is addictive. People will drink more and more as their body becomes desensitized, leading to chronic abuse which damages the body on a permanent level.
Prolonged alcohol abuse can severely effect the liver, causing cirrhosis, a disease that slowly destroys the liver, an organ necessary to the body for survival. The liver serves to remove bacteria and toxins from the body control infections, process nutrients and produce bile that absorbs fat. . The liver has to work overtime to flush the excess toxins from alcohol. Likewise, the kidneys work harder as more urine is produced in the body’s efforts to rid itself of the poison. Renal failure will eventually occur.
Chronic use of alcohol will also permanently damage the memory. The Office of Education for Health and Wellness at John Hopkins University reports that alcohol has the following effects: It inhibits the ability to absorb information from more than one source at a time; significant memory loss occurs and may develop into blackouts involving amnesia; creates difficulties in processing and later recalling information; and heavy drinkers will perform lower on abstraction and adaptive abilities when sober than those who drink less heavily.
(1) Alcohol is also one of the leading causes of heart disease. Alcohol causes a lack of blood supply to the heart muscle, and the heart can stop beating. The reduced blood flow can also damage the body’s extremities, and tissue suffers from the lack of supply. Withdrawing from alcohol can be frightening and dangerous. The alcoholic may responds to non-existent stimuli like voices and people. These are called “auditory hallucinations. ” Some also go into convulsions and lose consciousness altogether.
Most suffer through the “DT’s” which are delirium tremors. Some have nightmares and feel that bugs are crawling under their skin. Alcoholics have weakened immune systems and cannot withstand the slightest attack of infections. Their nutritional status is usually very low since space meant for real food is usually taken up by alcohol. Alcohol tends to reduce appetite and consequently results in severe weight loss. This is why most alcoholics look pale and sickly.
Finally, it is known that alcohol tends to block the absorption of available body nutrients from the stomach and intestines. In all, alcohol has succeeded in more than doubling the health care budget of many governments. The U. S. spends billions of dollars annually to repair damages caused by alcohol, and the number of lives lost is over one hundred million in the last decade (American Medical Association). It is my belief that the prevalence of many diseases worldwide would be greatly reduced if only the use of alcohol could be prohibited.