Eliminate alcohol in the evening. Alcohol depresses your breathing reflexes and significantly worsens sleep apnoea because it depresses your brain and makes the muscle of your throat floppy so it blcoks against your tongue.
Apnoea sufferers should be very careful about excessive drunkenness. It’spossible that if you depress your reflexes enough, you might not wake up at all. The same thing goes for sleeping pills, drugs, or anything that might affect your breathing.
Ethyl alcohol is odourless, colourless and tasteless and also poisonous, tolerable only in small amounts. Alcoholic drinks are produced in strengths of around five per cent (beer), 12 per cent (wine), 18 per cent (fortified wines like port or sherry) and 40 per cent (spirits like vodka, bourbon and gin).
When swallowed, alcohol passes from the stomach to the digestive tract where it enters the bloodstream within minutes of consumption. Most (90 per cent) is absorbed within an hour. It travels to every part of the body, especially the brain, liver and kidneys. Because women generally have smaller body weights and smaller livers than men, a given amount of alcohol produces a higher blood alcohol level in females. For the same reasons, adolescents and elderly people tend to have higher blood alcohol levels than young and middle-aged adults, after consuming a given amount of alcohol.
Once in the bloodstream, alcohol begins to be broken down by the liver at the rate of about one standard drink an hour. The liver breaks down the alcohol into by-products which are then excreted via the kidneys. The rate at which alcohol is broken down can’t be accelerated by coffee, cold showers or anything else.
Defined scientifically, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant which acts as a tranquilliser and mild anaesthetic. No-one knows exactly how alcohol exerts its effects but it’s thought to cause the release of naturally-occurring pain relievers in the body called opioids. Generally speaking, the more a person drinks, the greater the effect, although this differs from person to person, depending on:
In small amounts, it produces a warm ‘inner glow’. Many people feel more at ease socially after a drink or two. However in larger amounts, it causes slowed mental functions, loss of memory, poor judgment, dizziness, poor co-ordination, slurring of speech, blurred vision, vomiting, and eventually unconsciousness and even death.
Anyone who drinks alcohol regularly knows what a hangover is – that combination of thirst, headache, nausea, stomach upset, fatigue, and dizziness the morning after a bout of excessive drinking. It’s caused by:
You can avoid a hangover. Yes, it takes moral fibre, a steely determination and the ability to shrug off the jeers and taunts of your fellow workers. But in the morning it will be you who has the last laugh as you bounce out of bed with a spring in your step. So, when imbibing:
If you’re reading this the day after the party, and its too late – you already have a hangover – try these treatments:
One treatment that is often effective is physical exercise. So go for a swim, a run or a workout at the gym. This releases endorphins – naturally occurring opiates – which remove the ‘furry head’ feeling of a hangover. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it might just restore your brain for the rest of the day.
In small amounts, alcohol – especially red wine – is thought to reduce the risk of a heart attack in people over the age of 40. It’s thought the benefit might come from antioxidants in grapes and other fruit used to make the drinks. However, antioxidants can be obtained from many fruits and vegetables, including red grape juice.
One thing is certain:- alcohol is a poison that damages a wide range of different organs, and is a significant factor in many dangerous and fatal accidents. In Australia it’s thought to be directly responsible for about 4,000 deaths and 50,000 hospital admissions a year, clocking up an annual health bill of about $8 billion.
Here are some of the major conditions alcohol can cause. The list, as you will see, is long.
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