Adolescents are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol that occur due to excessive drinking of beer and generally consume it in a more risky fashion, compared to adults. Alcohol consumption during adolescence may cause permanent brain damage (at a time when the brain is still developing), injury or death (through automobile crashes and other accidents), suicide, depression, violence, date rape, spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and many other harms. Previous research shows that alcohol advertising is associated with more positive drinking expectancy. Because of ethical boundaries, it has been impossible to directly test whether alcohol advertising influences adolescent drinking behavior. However, there are indirect methods of analyzing the impact of alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking behavior and alcohol recovery which is out of scope from the theme of this article.
A tip to quit drinking (which is actually is ill-advised and overly promoted by social media shares) is that all anti-alcohol tricks may wear off and you will find yourself searching for something new. Having a large pool of options to choose from will keep you on track and will help you to accomplish your goal to quit drinking beer. Many people who drink tell themselves that they drink only when they are out with friends. However, the reality is that they drink more at home by themselves. When you decide to quit drinking, you need to stay social.
First of all the root cause of STOPPING any one from drinking beer (or alcohol) is the methods in which they are enticed to drink them. All lies are packed through media and press interviews to project beer as a healthy drink, WHICH IS UNTRUE.
Facts of beer revealed!
Michael Hall one of the beer promoters always supported articles that give half-truth info about drinking beer. Here is the rebuttal to the claims made by him.
1) Hall says that beer obviously reduces stress and that this is perhaps the best reason that beer is good for your health. It goes without saying that our uncritical, uninformed judgments about what is obviously true often turn out to be false. Thus, the earth is flat to our naked eye; but in fact it is round. Again, a mirage makes water visible to our eyes, but there is no water. In like manner it is not at all obvious that beer reduces stress in everyone who drinks it.
What is obvious to students of physiology is that those who find beer relaxing are rather like Pavlov’s experimental dogs that salivated when they heard a ringing bell even in the absence of food. What has happened to them is that on several occasions when they met socially to relax they had drunk beer. As a result a “condition reflex” had become established in which beer became the stimulus for relaxation. Chocolate or candy or music could have been substituted for beer to produce the same “conditioned relaxing” effect. Thus, there is no intrinsic stress reducing property attributable to beer.
2) That beer is good for the heart is a statement that is repeated ad nauseam. What must be remembered is that the human body does not consist of the heart alone. There is some evidence that people who consume limited quantities of alcohol acquire some protection from coronary heart disease. But, it must be pointed out that alcohol is highly addictive and regular intake in some people can lead to an early death from liver disease. And there is no science or art to predict who will become addicted to alcohol. So, on the principle of ‘better safe than sorry’ it is wise to avoid beer altogether. Like the first puff of a cigarette, your first gulp of beer may well be your first step of your march to an early grave.
3) Beer promoter Hall says that beer improves blood circulation. To improve the circulation is to protect from heart disease. So this is only another way of repeating the previous point in order to increase the number of benefits that he can attribute to beer.
4) Being chock-full of fibre is another virtue Hall attributes to beer. If it is fibre that you are looking for, then a good serving of kohila (Lasia spinosa) is a cheaper and fuller source of fibre. According to Hall what fibre does is to lower the risk of heart disease. Therefore, this is a repetition of the same old nostrum. Hall seems to be talking in accordance with advice of Adolf Hitler: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
5) According to Hall, beer is a multi-vitamin. His examples of vitamins found in beer include magnesium, selenium, potassium and phosphorus. Even a school child knows that these elements are not vitamins. One has to be a very credulous ignoramus to believe that they are vitamins.
6) In yet another exemplification of Hitler’s doctrine of repetition, Hall tells us that beer can prevent stroke. How? By improving cardio-vascular function. Here he is again making the point that beer is good for the circulatory system.
7) According to Hall, beer keeps your brain young. And what is the evidence he cites? Some unconfirmed research on elderly Italian men and women which showed that moderate drinkers had a 40% lower risk of mental impairment. How on earth this translates into the conclusion that beer keeps your brain young, is unfathomable. It looks as though home brewer of beer Mr. Hall has been educated beyond his capacity for analytical thinking.
8) Hall’s statement that beer is good for your liver must be the diabolical expression of willful ignorance. That alcohol is a liver poison is universally known. I dare say that for anyone to make such a reckless statement based on a Beer Net publication requires the mentality manifested by the second-murderer in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
9) “Beer cures insomnia” announces Hall. Heaven knows that there are innumerable causes of insomnia. If the reason for insomnia is the loud barking of your next door neighbour’s dog, then the dose of beer required to cure your insomnia may put you to sleep forever.
10) Quoting some unconfirmed report Hall asserts that beer fends off gall-stones. He does not say whether this is a causal relationship or a mere association. However that may be, there are much safer methods of fending of gall-stones than swallowing a well known liver poison.
Now let us check some fascinating facts revealed by food babe few years back in her blog.
Harmful ingredients found in beer
Here are 16 shocking ingredients she found in many of the beers sold in America:
1. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
2. Propylene Glycol – an ingredient found in anti-freeze
3. Calcium Disodium EDTA – made from formaldehyde, sodium cyanide, and Ethylenediamine
4. Many different types of sulfites and anti-microbial preservatives, linked to allergies and asthma
5. “Natural” Flavors – some of which come from a beaver’s anal gland
6. High Fructose Corn Syrup
7. GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Sugars – dextrose, corn syrup
8. Caramel Coloring – Class III or IV made from ammonia and classified as a carcinogen
9. FD&C Blue 1 – made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma, and hyperactivity
10. FD&C Red 40 – made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma, and hyperactivity
11. FD&C Yellow 5 – made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma, and hyperactivity
12. Insect-Based Dyes – carmine derived from cochineal insects to color the beer
13. Animal Based Clarifiers – findings include isinglass (dried fish bladder), gelatin (from skin, connective tissue, and bones), and casein (found in milk)
14. Foam Control – used for head retention (potentially derived from animal parts)
15. BPA (Bisphenol A) – a component in many can liners, BPA can mimic the female hormone estrogen and may affect sperm count and other organ functions
16. Carrageenan – linked to inflammation in the digestive system, IBS, and considered a carcinogen in some circumstances