Could it be true that man is literally hell-bent on self-destruction?
Has it left its scars?
Man is extremely deep-rooted in wicked and abusive self-destructive living. For example, take alcoholic beverages, it is general knowledge that consumption of alcohol destroys brain cells, causes a myriad of diseases and even modest drinking damages the brain and its ability to make good moral decisions.
The majority of people with alcohol addiction have experienced the memory problems and slowed thinking that come with alcohol use. While drinking, they may have difficulty recollecting memories or remembering new information, such as a person's name. Subsequently, they may lose consciousness: an inability to remember entire conversations or events that occurred while they were drinking. It eventually causes serious long-term damage to the brain. But what happens to alcoholics in recovery? Can damage caused by heavy drinking ever be reversed?
How Does Alcohol Affect the Brain?
According to a publication by Butler Center for Research | May 1, 2015 the following was published;
Alcohol has a deep effect on the complex structures of the brain. It obstructs chemical signals between brain cells (called neurons), leading to the common immediate symptom of intoxication, including impulsive behavior, poor memory, slurred speech, and slowed reflexes. If heavy drinking continues over a long period of time, the brain adapts to the blocked signals by responding more dramatically to certain brain chemicals (called neurotransmitters). After alcohol leaves the system, the brain continues over activating the neurotransmitters, causing painful and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can damage brain cells. Alcohol's damage to the brain takes a number of forms. The foremost is neurotoxicity, which arise when neurons over-react to neurotransmitters for too long causing neurons to eventually "burn out." Since neurons make up the pathways between different parts of the brain, when they begin burning out, it can cause noticeable slowing in the reactions of these pathways. In addition to pathway damage, brain matter itself is also damaged by heavy alcohol use. People with alcohol dependence often experience "brain shrinkage," which is reduced volume of both gray matter (cell bodies) and white matter (cell pathways) over time. There are some subtle differences in how brain damage occurs in men and women, but regardless of gender, loss of brain matter increases with age and amount of alcohol consumed.[End of quote]
WHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 indicate as follows:
More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.
According to WHO, Alcohol consumption is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as mental and behavioral disorders, including alcohol dependence, major non communicable diseases such as liver cirrhosis, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases, as well as injuries resulting from violence and road clashes and collisions.
“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies.”
Literally hundreds of millions of the world's population are bound by alcoholism and in the U.S. alone over 110,000 deaths a year are attributed to alcohol abuse. Fetal alcohol syndrome is one of the major causes of child deformity and mental retardation. Alcohol is an ugly bottomless pit of violence and alcohol related carnage on the world's highways is very very big. This post has mentioned only a portion of the evils of alcohol consumption. The evil ramifications of the issues mentioned here fill volumes and volumes of books and consume trillions of dollars in expense to humanity. Man is fully aware of alcohol's terrible effects yet he glamorizes and seeks its self-destructive power. Carnal man self-destructs.
WHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018