Most of the time, we, Indians consider alcohol as a taboo thing and treat it more like a drug and presume that abuse of alcohol is one of the most serious problems this nation faces. Nonetheless, I believe that alcohol can do more good than harm.
Pharmacologically, alcohol is an anesthetic, not a stimulant. Sufficient dosages can put us in sound sleep by anesthetizing those centers of our bodies which control breathing and heart-beat.
Responsible people, therefore, must choose rather carefully, the time, place and circumstances of drinking. Obviously, if you are to engage in complex mental or physical activities like – driving, business or writing for that matter, it is scarcely appropriate to be under the influence of an anesthetic drug. On the other hand if you are going to share a meal or some other human interchange in a relaxed way – alcohol can be a rewarding adjunct to the experience.
The essential point is that there is a known level of safe drinking. While studying the case independent of each other, researchers all over the world have unknowingly defined almost same criteria for safe level of drinking. The standard safe level drinking is around —— ounces of pure alcohol per day – which is equivalent of three one-ounce drinks of 100 proof whisky (contains around 50 percent alcohol), four eight ounce glasses of beer, or half a bottle of wine. Studies have shown that a driver who has consumed alcohol within this limit is no more likely to have accident that the driver who does not drink at all. But when the alcohol level in the blood crosses the permissible limit, the chances of accident jump enormously.
There are other factors too that influence our response to a drink. It’s always better not to take alcohol when we are physically or emotionally upset, feel lonely or seek solace. While in some cases alcohol’s anesthetic ingredient may dull the pain of loneliness, it is still no substitute to the emotional support that a true human being can offer. The consequences often are tragic as most of the time emotionally tired people take drastic steps under alcoholic influence.
So the primary condition for good drinking is “drink for good health not to destroy it” & “drink but not get drunk”.