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Jan 2017

How To Not Get Drunk (Tips)

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You just love to party. Or you enjoy the occasional relaxing drink with friends, or you’re new to the clubbing scene and want to make the most of it. Whatever the reason might be, alcohol is a very integral part of our social gatherings. And why not? It relaxes the mind and body, helps you let loose and enjoy the evening. Alcohol is great.

But what’s not so great about alcohol is when you just have too much of it and get out-of-control drunk. And that’s probably the reason you’re here reading this, in a hope to learn how to drink smart and responsibly and not get drunk.

And just to give you a lot of hope, there are a few handy tricks that you can keep in mind to avoid getting drunk. Read on,

Drinking with Responsibility

The first and most obvious solution is to drink responsibly. And there are more than a few things that you can do to maintain that you drink responsibly. You can keep control on your intake and drink only one alcoholic beverage in the hour. Sipping your drink slowly and trying to savour the taste instead of just downing it should be on your list if you want to drink responsibly.

Drinking for taste and not intoxication not only makes you seem incredibly mature for your age, but actually helps you in not getting drunk, and saving a few bucks in the process.

Drinking Water Between Drinks; Eating between drinks

The second proven method to prevent yourself from getting drunk is drinking water between and after drinks. Water helps in the absorption of alcohol and also helps to give you time between your beverage intake. By stopping drinking and taking the time to down some food will not only reduce your alcohol intake for the night but will slow down the time the drinks make up to your brain.

Do not mix drinks

The most amateur mistake that you can do is mixing all kinds of alcohol drinks and downing them in an instant. This is a very bad idea for two reasons. One, mixing drinks upsets the stomach which makes you feel nauseated and pukish. The second reason being that downing mixed drinks gets you intoxicated pretty fast. So avoiding this must be pretty high on your list.

Have Milk before you head out

Having a glass of milk before you go out into the night for adventure is a very good idea. Dairy lines the stomach which decreases its quality to absorb alcohol. What happens when you have a glass of milk before going out to drink protects you form getting too drunk way to fast.

Set a limit based on your tolerance

Setting a drinking limit for yourself for the night, either by limiting the amount of money you spend on alcohol, or by asking a trusted friend to help you keep track is also a great idea. This can only happen if you’re truthful to yourself and know your ability to tolerate alcohol. This will not only help you in not getting drunk, but by setting a spending limit you can also take the more mature step of saving money.

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Jan 2017

Drinking And Driving Laws In India

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Alcohol is great. It helps you relax, let go and feel lighter. Alcohol keeps the party going. And it can even keep lots of after parties going. The real problem starts when the party ends. And trust me, the problem is pretty big.
See what we’re talking about here is the desire to drive a car after the party’s over. Drunk driving is a reason for a lot of sorrow in this world. When someone drives under the influence of alcohol they not only endanger their own life, but also the lives of others.

Let’s get one thing as clear as possible. Drunk driving is the worse possible thing you can do. And if you need any more incentive to not do it, let’s also tell you that it is a crime, which can land you into a lot of trouble. And if you need even more incentive to not do it, here are the laws concerned with drinking and driving in India.

Legal Age of Drinking

In our country, the legal age of drinking varies from state to state. Some allow drinking at the age of 18, while it can go as high as 25 in states like Delhi, Haryana, etc. Hence, the first thing you should definitely adhere to is the legal drinking age in your state.

Legal Alcohol Limit

The legal limit for alcohol in your blood stream is 30mg for every 100ml of blood. This is analysed using a breath analyser, and if you are driving with more than the legal limit of alcohol in your blood you are said to be driving under the influence of alcohol, hence drunk driving.

Punishment for Drunk Driving

The section of the Indian Law that deals with the issue of driving drug is Section 185 of The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. This section classifies driving under the influence of alcohol a criminal offence in our country. The section also classifies drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs under the same category. In case the offender is a first time offender the punishment is a six months jail term and/or a fine of up to rupees two thousand. Any subsequent offence can land the offender a jail term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to rupees three thousand.

Section 185, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
Here’s what the section actually says.

Driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs. Whoever, while driving, or attempting to drive, a motor vehicle:

(a) has, in his blood, alcohol exceeding 30 mg. per 100 ml. of blood detected in a test by a breath analyser, or

(b) is under this influence of a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle, shall be punishable for the first offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both; and for a second or subsequent offence, if committed within three years of the commission of the previous similar offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to three thousand rupees, or with both. Explanation —For the purposes of this section, the drug or drugs specified by the Central Government in this behalf, by notification in the Official Gazette, shall be deemed to render a person incapable of exercising proper control over a motor vehicle.

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Jan 2017

How to Fulfil Your New Year’s drinking Resolution?

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It’s a New Year. 2017.

And all said and done, resolutions are a must every new year. But this time you’ve taken up a challenge that might just be a little too much for you. You’ve committed to a New Year’s drinking resolution, and just a few days into the new year, you’ve realised that it might just turn out to be a little too much for you.
Whatever the reason might be, whether you don’t have that amount of confidence in yourself or you are just vulnerable to peer pressure, we might just help you stay strong on your resolution.

First of all, lets discuss what kind of New Year’s drinking resolution you’ve decided to commit to. For most obvious reasons, we are going to assume that you’ve made a resolution to drink less this year. On the other hand, in case you’ve actually decided to commit to drinking more this year, then well, good for you.

But coming back to drinking less in 2017.
It is obviously going to be a challenge, specially if you are a frequent sight at bars and clubs, or love spending more than the occasional night out along with friends, or even if you prefer quiet nice drinks at home.

Money Money Money!

Drinking less is not only going to be good for your overall health, but it is also going to be incredibly beneficial for your pocket. Because, lets just face it, alcohol is expensive and cheap alcohol just does not taste that good. And there you have it, the first trick to help you keep up on your resolution this year. Drink less and save lots of money which you can then use to buy nice things for yourself, go on vacations, etc. And trust me, if you actually count the money that you might have already spent up on alcohol, you’re going to be in for a surprise.

Con It Out

The second way is a little bit tricky. You’ve decided that you’re not going to be drinking a lot this year, but you can’t just out and out give up on your social circle. You’ve got to make it to social gatherings, and you’ve got to mingle. So how do you keep on track on your resolution while you are at social gatherings, specially with ones with an open bar?
The answer again, is incredibly simple. Just take beer bottle and empty it out. In a glass of course, then hand it to a friend. And fill the empty beer bottle with your favourite soft drink or mock-tail. The key is to take small light sips from the bottle throughout the party, and make sure you have the bottle on yourself at all times so that no one asks you for another drink. And if you do run out of juice in your bottle, yes you can actually fill it up with juice, just go for a refill. Just make sure nobody has got their eye on you.

Go On A Spree

The third way, is to announce that you’re on a no drinking spree. Chances are that your friends might just end up serving you a lot more alcohol. But there are many more chances that they might actually support you, since it is after all a very good and healthy lifestyle choice.

So go on, all it takes it confidence in yourself, and just a little effort.

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Dec 2016

How to Drink in Moderation?

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It’s the holiday season, time to let go and relax, have a few drinks with friends and family. Basically, that time of the year where all you want to do is chill out, maybe even party the whole night long. But the truth is that just when you feel that the things are getting relaxed, or you’re in the bar and just getting into your groove, you get the urge to puke. And there you go cursing that last vodka shot.

It doesn’t matter how well you can drink and hold your alcohol, everyone has that one tipping point. And keeping in mind this party season and the impeding new year’s eve everyone is at a risk of throwing up.

But fret not now, there are tricks and tips you can keep in mind that would help you double the amount of alcohol you can drink without feeling that urge to puke.


As the first precaution to keep in mind before a night out drinking is to pop some antacids before you head out. Antacids like Pan-D are easily available at most pharmacies and ensure that you don’t suffer from acidity and can hold yourself after drinking. A natural antacid is banana, and you can surely eat a couple of bananas before leaving.

No Mixing Drinks

You just had a pint of beer, and now want a couple of vodka shots. Or are wondering of trying out that scotch you’ve always wanted to. If this is the case, then you are definitely going to throw up later. Sure mixing drinks is the fastest way to get drunk really quick, but mixing more than three drinks will take your stomach for a good round spin.
If you absolutely have to mix drinks, keep at least a half hour gap between drinks.

Ice Down your drink

There is a reason most people prefer their drinks chilled. Ice is responsible for cooling down the drink so that it does not hurt your alimentary canal. Ice also dilutes your drinks so that it is less lethal and keeps you in control for a longer time.

Keep yourself Hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated while drinking is extremely crucial. The potassium levels in your body can take a dip when you are drinking, which leaves you nauseated. You can also pick up a few refreshing mojitos and mocktails between drinks.
Keeping yourself hydrated also ensures that you don’t suffer from a deadly hangover the next morning.

Eating before hitting the club

Not only is this the smartest way of ensuring that you don’t find yourself in the bathroom hurling, it also saves you a ton of money on expensive meals at clubs and bars. Filing your stomach with a light meal increases your ability to drink more without getting tipsy.

Milk, Elaichi& Ginger

Getting a glass of milk before drinking hardens your intestines to the effects of alcohol, while cardamom and ginger are really effective ways of reducing nausea by popping one in your mouth whenever you feel that you have had a tad too much of alcohol.

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Dec 2016

Can Alcohol Keep You Warm?

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Most of you might’ve heard that drinking alcohol or drinks with alcohol can keep you warm. There’s also the now universal image of St. Bernard dogs with brandy barrels attached to their collars to help travellers that are stranded in the snow in the European Alps.

But the belief that alcohol helps your body keep warm in cold times is also widespread. However, you will be more than just surprised to know that not only is this a myth, drinking alcohol while you are cold does nothing to keep you warm, but rather risks you even more vulnerable to diseases like hypothermia. Here’s the science behind why drinking alcohol to keep your body warm in cold temperatures is a really really bad idea.

Booze and Lose (Heat)

Scientifically speaking, any kind of alcohol is classified as a vasodilator, which essentially means that it causes the blood vessels in our body to dilate. This is especially true in the case of the capillaries that are right under the skin surface.
When you take a drink that has alcohol the dilation of the blood vessels makes the volume of blood increase to your skin’s surface, this is what makes you feel warm. And this is where the myth surfaces, because drinking alcohol makes you feel warm for the instance. This is also the reason why people who are intoxicated look flushed with red skin.

However, this can be incredibly dangerous because it renders your body’s defences against cool weather and temperatures useless. The body naturally has a way of constraining the flow of blood to your blood vessels which in turn minimises the flow of blood straight to your skin and helps keep the core temperature of your body high enough to keep you warm in cold weather.

But if someone is having a drink in a cold night or cold weather, they might feel warmer for the moment because of the extra blood in the skin that keeps them warm, but because of the cold air that surrounds you, that blood will cool rapidly. Also, this sudden warmth caused by increased blood flow might cause you to sweat, which again is incredibly dangerous for the core body temperature.

The Drop

When you are drinking alcohol in cold weather, you tend to feel warm for a moment, and we’ve already covered why this happens. The more important thing to consider here is what happens after the moment of warmth passes.
There is a rapid drop in the core body temperature, which more often than not occurs without the person realising it because the skin might still feel warm. This is the reason driving alcohol in incredibly cold weather is dangerous for your health because it leaves your body to dangerous diseases such as hypothermia.

Alcohol also limits the body’s ability of shivering. This takes away another method that the body employs to keep you warm during cold weather.

Therefore, the myth that circulates about alcohol helping you keep warm in cold temperatures, is nothing but a myth, and you might want to save that drink for later when you are in a warmer place.

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Dec 2016

Traditional Christmas Drinks

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Here’s wishing you an amazing holiday season with the utmost joy and happiness for you and your family. Now, when it comes to Christmas most people think of the decorations, the food, the Christmas tree and the impeding New Year.

But there is more than about just a handful of drinks as well that are synonymous with the holiday season, and what’s better than just brining them all into one place so that you have a bucket list of drinks to chug this holiday season:

  1. Cider
    It’s hot and it’s buttered. And though it might sound a bit gross, but a can of cider would never hurt anyone, in fact just coupled with the honey spirit it starts to sound pleasant enough.
    The drink is fermented and tastes like juice, but it does get a great amount of love and following across the holiday season.
  1. Eggnog
    Eggnog is a drink that has not only been popular for centuries, but is consumed wholeheartedly all across the world. Made using cream, sugar, eggs and coupled with a breeze of alcohol, the drink is full of nutrients including important ones like calcium, protein, etc.
  1. Hot Buttered Beer
    Buttered Beer can also trace its roots all the way back to medical times. It is a mix of spices, egg yolks and whip sugar. The final brewed product tastes a sweet form of beer and is a very popular Christmas drink.
  1. The Candy Cane
    Candy cane is a cocktail that contains white chocolate liquor and hint of peppermint schnapps. You can choose to add to the visual appeal of the drink by adding a rim of crushed candy canes.
    Another version of the drink made for adults is the Candy Cane Punch, which is an easy non alcoholic drink that gets the traditional Christmas flavour from the use of peppermint ice cream.
  1. Cranberry Margarita
    Just as the name suggests the drink is a mixture of lemon, strawberries and margaritas. And since it is holiday season, you can add the traditional flavour of tart cranberries and viola, you have a tasty Christmas drink. You can also add a touch of orange liqueur for the orange flavour and get the traditional cranberry-and-fresh-orange sauce.
  1. Mistletoe Mojito
    The Mistletoe Mojito is a mojito that is spiced up using the flavour of pomegranate. The fruit itself is deeply associated with Christmas and its even Christmas coloured. You can add to the taste of the mistletoe mojito with mint and lime.
  1. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail
    The Gingerbread Apple Cocktail gets its signature taste from ginger liqueur and apple cider, while you can also choose to add vodka for the kick. For adding a visual appeal, you can add crushed gingersnaps to the rim and keep them in place with honey.
  1. Hot Buttered Rum
    The drink requires spiced rum, brown sugar and creamed up with butter and spices. The resulting beverage has a slight brown shade and a slight spicy taste. The unique blend of ingredients has given the drink a traditional status and great following.

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Dec 2016

Is Eggnog Good for You?

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Eggnog is a drink that can easily trace its roots as far back as the 14th century medieval Englishmen. Come forth the American colonies and the drink’s popularity skyrocketed all across.
Drank profusely in the Holiday season, the hot cocktail also known as ‘milk punch’ is generally a bend of milk, cream, sugar and egg. The drink tastes sinfully delicious and for the people out there who care about the nutritional content of the drink and wonder whether the drink is healthy for you, you’ve got to read on.

What’s in the cup?

Eggnog is made using whole milk, cream, eggs and sugar. It has a rich content of nutrients and half a cup of serving can fill you up to 180 calories and about 6 grams of saturated fat (which accounts for about 30 percent of the daily recommended limit). However, there’s also about 70mg of cholesterol in the same amount of eggnog, which is again about a quarter of the daily permissible limit. Another optional but mostly used ingredient in the drink is alcohol, which only adds to the already overflowing love and following for the drink.

Although, you do have a lot of options that you can choose from when it comes to eggnog. You can pick from several commercial brands or you can choose to mix up your own drink. If you’re picking up the latter, you must make sure that you use pasteurised eggs so that you repress the risk of salmonella, because it can make you violently ill. Using pasteurised eggs is even advised by the FDA.

There is also one very important ingredient that is present in eggnog, and that is calcium. About half a cup of calcium delivers about 13 percent of the required daily dose, and also gives you about 5 grams of protein in just half a cup of serving.

An Unhealthy Obsession?

Even though it has a plethora of nutrients, all of which have their own share of pros and cons, the drink has a large following among holiday drinkers. The drink has its own shares of concerns because in regards to food and food safety, eating under cooked products is hardly a good idea, and its obvious why people raise eyebrows when they learn that the key ingredient in eggnog is raw eggs. There is a small chance that Salmonella form raw eggs might effect the drinker.

But the fact remains that drinkers all across are undeterred by the drink, in fact about 122 million pound of Eggnog is consumed annually in America alone, about half a cup of drink per person. Regardless of whether you are on the side of eggnog or are more of a cider person, there are certain precautions that you can take in order to ensure that you stay safe this holiday season.

This includes, cooking the egg base, using pasteurised eggs and storing the eggnog for a while before drinking.

Sure, it requires a sheer will power to stop yourself from immediately chugging down the whole glass, but it’s safer to store it first.

So, imbibe safely, and enjoy your share of the delicious Christmas drink.

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Dec 2016


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Is hot toddy an Alcohol lovers’ easiest escape or can alcohol really heal and protect against cold and cough? On one side, many researchers argue over the possibility of healing by alcohol, and on the other, authors and purists point out the use of hot toddy as a recognised and widely accepted remedy for centuries. While scientific logic may lead us to perform research experiments to determine the influence of alcohol on a cold, common sense and experience may prompt us to take another route. Read on to find out more.

We may be in the middle of the worst flu infestation that mankind has ever brought down on themselves. The primary reason being we are on an endless journey to finding cure, and rightly so because every medicine we rely on, starts to make the bug tolerant against it. In simpler words, the medicines (especially vaccines and antibiotics) we consumer may alter the virus/ bacteria which may mutate them to cause other diseases, in turn, putting us out towards endless pharmaceutical research. Instead of wandering around medicine shops and spending money on medicines that promise to fight infections and boost immunity, people from across the world have looked at hot toddy as an ancient ritual that helps cope with cold infections.

The foremost reason for this school of thought being widely accepted is that there really is no medicine for prevention or treatment of cold. Unlike more serious diseases, cold is not easily attributed to a certain strain of pathogen. Many physicians consider symptomatic remedies for cold – which is to say that only the symptoms if soothed will provide relief to the patient. The physicians also agree that an effective remedy for cold is lots of sleep – and if you really go into the experience of hot toddy, you’d know it makes you warm and sleepy that feels so comforting when your own with a cold.

Lovers of hot toddy claim whiskey to be a great decongestant – they say alcohol is capable of dilating blood vessels that make it easier for the patients’ mucous membranes to deal with the infection. The recipe includes infused essences of hot spices and ingredients that are inherently soothing to the throat. For instance, hot toddy is often combined with honey, lime, cinnamon and even ginger to help clear the cold symptoms.One glass of hot toddy is sufficient to help symptoms of cold and by the time the drink gets over, most patients report clearing of breathing passages and an overall improved sense of wellness. However, one must remember the ill effects of overconsumption, which may make the symptoms worse. It is advisable to sleep as soon as you start feeling groggy.

Here’s an easy recipe for Hot Toddy –

  • 8oz Hot Water
  • 1 Bag Herbal Tea
  • 1oz Bourbon
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Lemon Wedge

Always remember to keep clear off excessive drinking, especially if you’re in ill health. Drinking is enjoyed only when it is done responsibly!

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Dec 2016


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Almost all conversations around fertility and health of the developing baby are overwhelmingly targeted towards women. Primarily because it is absolutely true that the health of the mother has direct consequences on the healthy development of the baby, but it wouldn’t be so wise to ignore other factors like environment and more importantly the health of the father. A research suggests that men who are planning to be fathers also stand the chance to seriously reduce or altogether abstain during conception.

According to the U.S. Centres of Disease Control & Prevention, more than 3.3 million women – or roughly 10 per cent of all pregnant women are at the risk of having their babies suffer from alcohol induced disorders. The spectrum of these devastating disorders are characterised by severe developmental difficulties and problems of the central nervous system.

Also note that this report was widely criticized and on occasions, even misinterpreted as saying that women should abstain from drinking alcohol altogether. Some women also felt judged for having sex! Of course, the naivety of these claims that took an unexpected and dreaded sociological perspective had little to do with the health of the baby when it in the womb. Later on, it was clarified that the report was limited to only pregnant women and not women who fall in the child-bearing age. Perhaps, the most gender-biased aspect of the report was that it spoke about what women should do when there is enough research evidence that consumption of alcohol by men also greatly affects the quality of sperm and therefore the child.

Here is an experiment that was performed on the effects of alcohol on fertility in rats. (which can also be the case with humans) –

In 2013, a study was conducted on rats which found that male rats which had been exposed to alcohol fertilized females rats which gave birth to babies that had much similarity to Foetal Alcohol Disorder Syndrome. The baby rats in this case had nervous or brain damage. The control group that had no exposure to alcohol produced healthy offspring. We’re yet to find concrete evidence, but it definitely is very possible for human males to affect the health of their baby by excessive consumption of alcohol.

It is also of little surprise that the overall health and living environment of the future father also greatly affects the health of the baby. These include the absence of a healthy diet, chemical exposure, and alcohol consumption. These are some things that are universally linked to decreased fertility amongst men and a poor birth rate.

Another psychological aspect that is often overlooked is the supportive role of the man during pregnancy. It is easier for the woman to successfully combat stress and overcome any hurdles during pregnancy by the support and well-being of her husband. Always remember to drink responsibly and enjoy life to the fullest!

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Dec 2016


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The ability to create and nurture life is the biggest blessing that has ever been bestowed on mankind. Giving birth to a young one is the purest form of creation. Women all over the world dream of having healthy and happy families but only special couples are blessed with absolutely healthy babies. Unfortunately, a range of imbalances, diseases and disorders have to be considered before conception. Most infections happen to children after birth. However in grave circumstances, the baby may show deformity or ill-health even before they are born – and many times, knowingly or unknowingly, mothers are responsible for making their babies fall prey to circumstances. Drinking before or during pregnancy is one such instance where babies are unconditionally exposed to the worst form of alcohol abuse – the one that happens even before birth.

What happens when you drink alcohol during pregnancy?

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy predisposes the growing baby in the womb to a multitude of disorders. So much so that doctors attribute a whole spectrum of diseases to irresponsible consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking at any time during the pregnancy or even at the time around conception has shown to have serious consequences. Some common diseases associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy are –

  1. Premature Birth – Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may induce premature birth of the baby in which case they are born in time less than 37 weeks of gestation.
  2. Alcohol can cause massive damage to the baby’s developing brain.
  3. Alcohol may also induce birth defects in the developing baby and may cause harm to the heart, hearing or vision. Birth defects, generally speaking are disorders that are caused during birth and may include malfunctioning or distorted organs which are not physiologically fit to function in the long run.
  4. Mothers who drink alcohol during or before pregnancy often complain of low birth weight of their babies.
  5. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may also result in miscarriage – a condition where the baby dies in the womb, even before completing 20 weeks.
  6. Stillbirth also is an unfortunate circumstance when the baby dies in the womb after completing 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  7. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is characterized by individuals who have intellectual or learning disabilities which mean children may have difficulty in communication, understanding and getting along with regular life to an extent that they may feel misfit for the society. FASD may also delay or be responsible for underdeveloped physiological development. FASD lasts all life and has no real cure, and is generally seen in individuals who suffered in the womb from their mothers binge drinking.

It is also noteworthy that many mothers boast of healthy babies even after drinking during their term of pregnancy, whereas some unfortunate women succumb their greatest creation to alcohol related disorders even with very little drinking. For now, with ongoing research, it has been determined that every pregnancy is different from any other – that every baby is special and there is no known way to determine the ‘safe’ limit of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Always remember to drink responsibly!

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