Is Alcohol Harmless?

Relationships from alcohol differ from person to person, and it can feel incredibly lonely when you begin to explore the role alcohol plays in your life. Being honest about your relationship with alcohol can be incredibly hard!

Your relationship with alcohol will largely depend on the culture you were bought up in and how “acceptable” it was to have around the table. In the UK, alcohol is seen as a fundamental part of socialising. It’s used as a bond to catch up with old friends, a way of getting to know new friends or softening any first-date anxiety, as well as a way of celebrating achievements or commiserating a bad day. If you want an excuse to have a drink, you won’t need to look far, after all, it is 5 o’clock somewhere.

Alcohol is widely accepted as part of the British culture and brits pride themselves on the idea of nestling into a cosy pub on a rainy day or after work on a Friday night.

But, does that make alcohol harmless?

We are all aware of the harmful effects of alcohol, yet it feels to me that we turn a blind eye to them because it’s easier. It’s easier to not know.

The truth is, we know that drinking interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behaviour, and therefore make it difficult to think clearly. Over time, we know that drinking can take its toll on the liver, heart and pancreas. It weakens our immune system, making the body a much easier target for disease.

So, although people may feel relaxed when they drink, in the long run, alcohol has a huge effect on mental health and contributes to feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as making stress harder to deal with. Alcohol is a depressant and affects our thoughts feelings and actions. So of course, it’s far easier to turn a blind eye to this information. In a society that lives by the mantra ‘you only live once’, we’re drawn even further away from looking at the negative effects. And for many drinkers, they’ll manage to come out the other end relatively unscathed. Yet for so many, alcohol can seriously damage their lives and the lives of those around them.

Alcohol is a form of escapism. Perhaps the harm of alcohol depends on the individual, or maybe we’re just too scared to really admit its harm because it would involve too much self-examination — and we sure hate self-examination.

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Founder/Owner: Deano Hewitts (www.deanohewitts.com) || Reconnecting people to themselves through art. ✨ Pause & connect with limited-edition prints of my art

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