Saturday, April 5, 2014

Alcohol is Spelled Poison

Alcohol. Beer. Liquor. Liquid Courage.

It's literally all poison to our bodies. Don't believe me? Keep reading.

Your body treats alcohol like a poison because that's what it is. It's something that it doesn't want inside of you. To fight it off and to sober up, your body releases an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase.

This enzyme will snatch a hydrogen atom off the alcohol molecules in whatever $1.50 car bomb you just slammed with your friends and will render in into a non-intoxicating acetaldehyde. Great right? Except more often than not, you're slamming shots and drinking quicker than your body can produce this powerful enzyme.

So what happens to all the alcohol that your body actually absorbs? Well for starters, it will inhibit your brain cells. Not like you have much concern for your brain if you are drinking copious amounts but here's the scoop: alcohol affects the way your neurons get their firing triggers from glutamate. Alcohol interferes with the glutamate receptors in your dome piece and hurts their ability to send off the normal "fire" messages. This impacts every single action across your brain: muscles, speech, coordination, judgement, classiness, and so on

So why can you never remember being such a dumbass when you drink? The way your brain makes memories is so complex that even Bill Nye struggles with it, and he's a science guy. Memories are, however, linked to NMDA. Alcohol interferes with this receptor. So good luck remembering dancing on the bar with the lampshade on your head.

Why do you throw up when you've had too much alcohol? HELLO?!?!?! Has your body ever rejected avocado and tuna? Unless you're allergic, smartasses, the answer is no. Why do you get hangovers? Because your body was literally up all night trying to repel and correct the poison that you put in it.

I have been sober since February 2012 and don't plan on ever drinking again. I just tell people I'm allergic since very few people can wrap their heads around the fact that I don't want to poison my body.




10 comments:

  1. Alcohol allergy - I like it! Thanks for this article, I need to read more articles like this to keep my anti-alcohol mindset strong! We live in such an alcohol-driven society... I do think its "dumbing down" the population so we don't realise what we're doing to ourselves, how boring our jobs are etc...

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  2. While I see no problem with your decision to not consume alcohol, I am curious as to what your response is to the (plentiful) research that indicates that a serving (4 oz) of red wine actually improves cardiovascular health. I agree that over-consumption (of anything really) is detrimental to your health, I don't think it's fair to totally negate the research, though. I enjoy my 4 ounces of red wine, and I don't think I should be shamed for it.

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  3. *Applause*

    Never tried alcohol, never will.

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  4. love this post. its so annoying when people cant understand why i dont drink. i tell them i dont like alcohol and that im trying to be healthy which doesnt include alcohol :) id rather have a homemade brownie or something to that nature. at least my body can digest actual food.

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  5. New to your blog and I love it! I also have been sober since February of 2014 and tell people I'm allergic. Thank you for your experience, strength and hope. <3

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  6. Alcohol has been tough to get away from since I changed my lifestyle. My family and friends are drinkers. People wouldn't believe me if I said I was allergic lol. I need another excuse! :(

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  7. This is brilliant. I love your posts.. I am trying to keep my non drinking mindset strong as well but sometimes I give in and have a glass of wine.. How about that??? What are your thoughts on wine?

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  8. No amount of alcohol is good for you, including that so-called "good for your CV health" red wine... sorry :-(
    It just ages you. ..

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