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Alcohol use can lead to abuse

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Alcohol abuse is often in the news. An actor has gained popularity, if not notoriety, for engaging in public drinking and shaming himself in the process.

He probably has yet to hear this famous line from US-based Mayo Clinic: ‘Alcohol use can be a slippery slope.

Moderate drinking can offer some health benefits. But heavy drinking can have serious consequences.’

Does that send a warning signal to those concerned?

There are varied reactions to alcohol use, and in most cases, abuse.

Some studies have shown the good effect of alcohol in controlling heart diseases. Cardiologists even recommend drinking of a glass of red wine every night. Red wine supposedly clears the veins to allow free flow of blood to the heart.

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While doctors acknowledge the effectivity of wines and other forms of alcohol, it does not necessarily mean that you have to drink every day.

As the saying goes, too much of everything can kill you. In the same breath, too much alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems.

The key, of course, and as in any, is moderation.

Some consider alcohol as a drug that can lead to addiction. Overcoming addiction is a long, arduous journey.

According to an article in March 2015, nearly 88,000people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) died from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Help guide online site offers some helpful tips:

Set a drinking goal- remember that you cannot totally stop drinking alcohol but you should make it occasionally.

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Remove your stocks! – Remove any temptations from your home.

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Avoid bad influences – Stay away from friends who always urge you to drink.

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Set limitations – This is not an Olympic game! When you drink, set limitations to yourself. Do not push yourself until you get drunk and eventually pass out. Know your alcohol limits.

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Develop new activities and interests – If drinking is your long-time habit, it is time that you forget about it and look for another.

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TRIVIA PA MORE: Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.

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Wilhelm Rontgen won the first Nobel Prize for physics for discovering X-rays in 1895.

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The tallest tree ever was an Australian eucalyptus – In 1872 it was measured at 435 feet tall.

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Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967 – the patient lived for 18 days.

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The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.

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An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.

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‘Wireless’ communications took a giant leap forward in 1962 with the launch of Telstar, the first satellite capable of relaying telephone and satellite TV signals.

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The earliest wine makers lived in Egypt around 2300 BC. (Various sources)

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Send your questions on anything and everything to Kuya Kim through my Twitter account @kuyakim_atienza using #AlaminKayKuyaKim.

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