Alcohol is known to the humans from very ancient period. It was and is used for various purposes in day-to-day life including its consumption by humans. Many people have different opinions regarding its consumption but other than consumption its uses are inevitable in present society. Hence it is manufactured and distributed in a large-scale under strict government regulations. Even to minimize the misuse, governments levy heavy excise taxes and also employ excise officer to check the alcohol production, transport and usage in the society. Of-course this is the one of the biggest source of revenue to the governments in some countries.
Benefits of alcohol:
Alcohol is a good solvent for many extraction procedures including plant constituents, drugs, nutrients etc.
It is a good anti-septic, disinfectant and sterilant. At 70% concentration it is an effective disinfectant to kill all the germs. Hence it is incorporated in most of the deodorants and antiperspirants. It is also believed to reduce sweating.
It is a good preservative. Alcohol presence in any medical preparations is a good preservative as seen in homeo drugs preparations. Drugs or medical preparations stay safe for a long time.
Astringent: It precipitates and denatures surface proteins making tissues soft. In long-term bed ridden patients, it is used to harden bony surfaces of the back.
Cooling agent: Alcohol acts as a refrigerant by cooling the surface applied to. When a pack immersed in alcohol is placed on head, it produces a cooling sensation in times of fever with high temperature.
Reduces pain: When alcohol is used to massage over a surface of painful muscle regions, it relieves deep-seated pains.
Advantages of alcohol consumption:
Many of them consume alcohol in western countries whereas the people and especially youngsters in India are in dilemma about it. People who prefer alcohol believe alcohol consumption provides following advantages.
It is believed to give relief from mental tension after daily activities. Hence consumption provides relief from it.
Provide better sleep. Alcohol has a sedative effect and hence drinking alcohol promotes sleepiness.
Helps rise in appetite. Alcohol rises blood flow to the stomach and gut and also a slight irritant locally. This property rises hunger and there by food consumption.
Keeps body warm in winter and cold conditions. it rises blood flow to the skin and there by produces warmth.
Helps put on weight to those who want to. Alcohol produces a high amount of calories by metabolism in the body and there by adds to fat content of the body. Advantageous to those who are slim.
Disadvantages of alcohol consumption:
Loss of self-control: Alcohol drinking loses self-control on the body and there by leads to accidents.
Heavy consumption can damage the body especially liver and also make body prone to cardiovascular troubles and Blood pressure etc.
It causes slow and progressive degeneration of nervous system.
Leads to obesity. It can put on weight due to low consumption of calories by the body.
It is an addictive and people are prone to it. Leading to disturbance in normal life style.
Alcohol is a sedative which can lead to insomnia without it.