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Mar 2017

How Drinking Affects You Emotionally?

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The most shared and prevalent forms of addiction in society today remains to be Alcoholism. While working professionals resort to drinking alcohol with friends or family over weekends or during festive occasions and even celebrations, there are those who find solace in drinking alone. However, some veterans are passionate about their alcohol, especially when it comes to scotch whisky or wine.

Addiction of alcohol altogether takes a different, more monstrous form where capable individuals start to lose themselves in their desire to drink in excess. The effect is not just harmful to the person addicted but also largely takes down other people attached to him/her, including those who care. These are your friends, family members and colleagues.

Heavy Drinking Causes Depression

While there are people who love their shot of a smooth single malt whisky after dinner time, certain individuals also turn to consuming alcohol as a result of stress or depression. Alcohol primarily acts as a central nervous system depressant. While it gives you a quick gain of euphoria, it is soon lost when the alcohol takes further effects. Critical addiction to alcohol gives rise to a mixed feeling of guilt and shrouded judgment both emotional and mental.

Eventual Loss Of Memory

Chronic alcoholism eventually results in the destruction of brain cells, circuits firing in all wrong sequences or direction, and broken synapses. Even when you achieve sobriety, the effects last. Alcohol causes massive dehydration in the body that works in denigrating brain functions. The effects of which could range from the shorter span of memory slips to permanent debilitation that will require external supervision or care. Studies done in the past have extensively shown how significantly the brain shrinks to cause permanent memory loss. The effects were seen in the frontal lobe associated with memory and learning.

Drinking Increases Anxiety

Grabbing for a glass of wine might prove to be a relaxed after a hard day’s work. Excessively indulging in bottles will cause inhibitions and anxiety in the longer run. Heavy drinking is known to interfere with neurotransmitters that exist in our brain. The neurotransmitters are very much responsible for good health. You might ignore the effects, but alcohol narrows our perception to a great extent causing blurring interpretations.

Consumption Of Alcohol: Linked To Self-Harm And Psychosis

Impulsive behaviour is the direct result of alcohol consumption as one loses track of their adjudications and ambitions. The lack of self-control can often lead to harming oneself. In certain cases, if there has been long term depression, cases of suicide have been reported after over drinking.

Therapy Can Significantly Help, So Does The Support Of Close-Knit Members

The poignant effects of alcohol take root from the very first steps of craving, bringing together financial, emotional and mental downfall. This vicious cycle of alcohol habit comes when an addict wishes to run away from real-life problems resorting to the momentary “high” that comes with drinking. Even if the affected individual decides to quit, there are adverse effects of withdrawal symptoms which further affect emotive balance. Rather than trying to beat addiction on their own, addicts should accept the truth and enrol themselves to a rehab or care centre.

It is important that people today understand the mental misbalances that come with alcohol and therefore not alienate someone who has gotten addicted. There are chances it could happen to someone very close to you. In a world where competition, hatred, judgement and unacceptance are regularly spawned, it becomes easy for the strongest people to resort to addictions. Do not resist them, understand their reason, give them reasons not to give into dependence and rather fight harder to overcome.

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Feb 2017

Alternatives to Valentines Drinking for Couples

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Valentine’s Weekend is around the corner. How about you and your partner get to know each other a little better this season? Well, without any highs in the head of course!

How about a special picnic date in indoors? Both Cooking a meal together

Couples usually need therapy, the kind that comes out of creating something together. Who doesn’t love food, right? Gone are those expectations of how the man cooks a surprise meal, or the lady makes dishes. It is 2017! Relationship expectations are changing. Maybe the two of you could hit the store, shop together and cook something up for a special candlelight dinner together. No fancy restaurants…set up a table! Just the both of you out on the balcony.

Watch a crazy marathon of all the Star Wars movies or any action films. No Romantic-comedies.Period!

Even if you are not a die-hard romantic, During Valentine’s everyone just expects you to be. How about, as a couple, you both break the stereotypes? Movies are a great way to unwind and transport yourselves into a parallel universe of sorts. Get a large bucket of popcorn, fried chicken and much fries. Grab Few movies you both would love to watch. Press play! You could share your collection with each other. That unseeingly will prove to be a way of getting to know a whole different side your partner.

Go on an entirely unplanned road trip

So, we all know that planned holidays just don’t seem to find the light of the day! But there is something about just taking off without thinking twice. The spontaneity might take you both on an adventure never experienced before. Driving to a Mountain Getaway and spend the weekend curled up in a cabin or find the ocean and do skinny dipping together. You can explore a whole new city hand in hand. Once on the road, the possibilities are endless!

Volunteer in a nursing home or an individual special children’s school

There is no better way to share, celebrate and make love, then to just give it away. A memory you both will cherish for years to come on every Valentines, it will create a lasting impression. How often do we share our joys with complete strangers yet these thoroughly loving people, even if at the prime of their years? Older adults are much like children and would be happy that you chose to spend time with them. Kids, on the other hand, will keep you on your toes and bring a whole different shine to the day. Take some chocolates, cakes, gifts and much love for them.

Run through a day of Hobby classes – Dance, music or art!

There is so much learning couples can do together. Well, maybe you can chalk up a day full of taking various classes starting maybe with Yoga to mixed martial arts, Salsa or another couple dance, learn some pottery or painting. You can also club the home picnic and take lessons on YouTube, so you don’t find anyone judging. Guitar lessons online can prove to be quite romantic if you both are equally wrong!

Sports, Adventure, outdoor camping or Hiking

If either of you has the penchant for testing your adrenaline rush, go for a sporting option. Say playing football or tennis. Compete against each other; the passion for winning over each other does ignite major attraction. Pack up your haversack, sleeping and tent, go in for an outdoor camping trip at a near forest clearing. Hiking is a splendid idea to add to it. Well, valentines away from everyone else is just about perfect!

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Jan 2017

Alcohol and a Good Night’s Sleep Don’t Mix

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Let’s just say that you love going out and partying. And let’s even say that you are young and carefree. And because you are young, carefree and love going out and partying, then drinking might be on your list of ideas to have a good night out. So, you go out, you drink and you party. Good enough, you only live once after all.

But the real trouble starts once you return home after a night out partying. You might not have had too much to drink, but you do regret taking those last couple of shots. You feel uneasy, even nauseated, but trust me my friend, this is just the beginning of your troubles.

There is a reason why people advice you a lot about smart drinking. Because if you want to have a good night’s sleep after a relaxing drink, then rest assured and make a note because alcohol and a good night’s sleep can never mix.

What Actually Goes Down, Stays Down

Alcohol has a relaxing effect on your body, it effects areas of your brain that in simple terms light up the mood. But while it surely does light up the mood, it does a lot of different things to your body. But the scientific aspects of alcohol aside, there are some things you should keep in mind while you are out drinking if you even want to have any sleep after you get home.

Age Is Not Just a Number!

Maybe you could binge drink while you were 21 and not have a worry in the world the next morning, but you’re not that young anymore, your body is going through changes with age, and that is why you are much more prone to deadly hangovers the next morning. You might even black out once you return home if you have had too much to drink.

The only way to avoid disasters after a heavy night of drinking is simply being smart while you actually are consuming alcohol.

Where It All Goes South

The most amateur of mistakes can range from either drinking too much of alcohol, not having enough break between drinks, mixing up drinks, etc. All these are things that you definitely need to avoid for the better health and peace for your body.

Mixing up your drinks might get you drunk faster, but it might also upset your stomach which gives an uneasy and pukish feeling all night long, something which will definitely upset your sleep.

Another reason why alcohol interferes with your sleep is because believe it or not, alcohol gets your core body temperature down. And if you happen to be living in the colder parts of the world, you are definitely going to have trouble sleeping. You can also play smart while drinking alcohol by giving enough time between your drinks. Half an hour of gap between drinks is the ideal time, since it gives your body enough time to process your alcohol, and gives you more time to keep a track of your drinks.

What you should not have the need to be told though, is to never drive once you are under the influence of alcohol, because that will not only interfere with your good night’s sleep, but is the most dangerous thing to do.

So, briefly you’ve been told the reasons why alcohol and a good night’s sleep do not go hand in hand. Hope you take some knowledge out of this, and apply it for the sound sleep you crave.

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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

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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