Alcohol usage should be controlled


As quoted by F. Scott Fitzgerald “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you”. This quote makes it clear to understand why the usage of alcohol should be controlled, once you take the first drink it has an influence on your decision about the second one, then the second leaves you with less control of yourself. Drinking alcohol with no limits can leads you to have serious problems and chronic diseases. If you don’t control your dinking, it might have control over you. Alcohol usage should be controlled because it has a risk to develop certain types of cancer, liver conditions and heart diseases.


Alcohol usage should be controlled because it has a risk to develop certain types of cancer. There is strong evidence that alcohol can cause cancers of the breast, colon, larynx, and oesophagus. The less alcohol you drink, the lower your risk for cancer. When you drink alcohol, the body breaks it down to a chemical called acetaldehyde which damages the DNA and prevents your body from repairing the damage. Once the DNA is damage, the cell can begin growing out of control and cause a cancer tumour. Alcohol use accounts for about 6% of all cancers and 4% of all cancer’s death in the United States. To conclude, alcohol use is one of the most important preventable risk factors for cancer. Don’t waste your life with a bottle that gives you more problems than pleasures. Just live a healthy life without alcohol.

Alcohol usage is a significant public health problem, contributing to over half a million deaths in England and Wales yearly. The types of cancer that are caused by the use of alcohol include carcinoma (a type of skin cancer), pancreatic cancer, and Liver cancer. “Cancer ranks as a leading cause of death and an important barrier to increasing life expectancy in every country of the world” (Sung et al., 2021). It is essential to control alcohol usage to reduce and eliminate liver conditions such as cirrhosis. “It is well known that cirrhosis is the most potent risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), irrespective of the etiology of liver disease” (Tarao et al., 2019). Cirrhosis is the final stage of chronic or progressive liver damage caused by excessive alcohol intake.

Alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). “Notwithstanding, alcohol consumption is increasing worldwide and consumed by about half of the population over 15 years of age” (Chiva-Blanch & Badimon, 2019). CHD is the leading cause of death worldwide, and alcohol use is a significant risk factor. In addition, heavy drinking can lead to alcoholic liver disease and pancreatitis, which also carries an increased risk of CHD. Alcohol abuse also increases the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular problems. “Long-term heavy drinking also releases higher amounts of the chemicals cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone into the bloodstream” (Hendriks, 2020).


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