A TOAST WITH UN REVERSED CONSEQUENCES
About 15 years ago, it was a taboo for a woman to drink beer reckless in public. At that time women fewer women would take alcohol but not to the extent of being so carelessly drunk especially in my country. To day women drink what ever time they feel like, some Women who have became addicts flock to the drinking places as early as 9 am. Due to this these women neglect their duties and only care about where to find money to buy shake shake (a well known beer in Zambia).
In my country, there are certain ceremonies only attended by women such as kitchen party and kitchen mending etc, it has now become a custom for women to drink beer, and if these parties are held by Christian and beer drinking is not allowed, fewer women will attend or they will carry some bottle of beer in their hand bags. As this is not enough, some women at funeral homes will also drink alcohol and sing their lungs out.
When spoken to, some women said alcohol intake to them means pleasure, in the sense that they can express joy, laughter and happiness, some say it is a way of overcoming stress, by taking alcohol you won’t have to worry about the problems you are going through. For others they can’t live without drinking beer, it is a way of life.
Two to three months ago a number of teenaged girls were arrested by the council police for allegedly being underage and drinking beer in a pub.
Although alcohol intake is perceived as a normal thing, it has several serious complications especially on women.
Excessive beer drinking impairs judgment and if a woman is drunk lets say at night in a pub or walks on the streets recklessly, she is at risk of been raped and been infected with HIV or having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.
Women have also higher risk than men for certain serious medical consequences of alcohol use, including liver, brain and heart damage, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
A recent NIAAA reports that women achieve higher concentrations of alcohol in the blood and become more impaired than men after drinking equivalent amounts of alcohol. They are more susceptible than men to alcohol-related organ damage and to trauma resulting from traffic crashes and interpersonal violence.
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The following are some of the areas in which women experience more effects than men who drink alcohol at the same rate as women:
Liver Damage -- Compared with men, women develop alcohol-induced liver disease over a shorter period of time and after consuming less alcohol. Women are also more likely than men to develop alcoholic hepatitis and to die from cirrhosis.
Brain Damage -- Women may be more vulnerable than men to alcohol-induced brain damage. Using MRI, researchers found that a brain region involved in coordinating multiple brain functions was significantly smaller among alcoholic women compared with both nonalcoholic women and alcoholic men.
Heart Disease -- Among heavier drinkers, research shows similar rates of alcohol-associated heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy) for both men and women, despite women's 60 percent lower lifetime alcohol use.
Breast Cancer -- Many studies report that moderate to heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk for breast cancer, although one recent study found no increased breast cancer risk associated with consumption of up to one drink per day, the maximum drinking level reported by most women.
Let every woman drink with conscious.