Do you think life is better when you’re drunk but fear the outcome?
In Brisbane, it’s often said that alcohol as temporary fun with permanent consequences. Is it detrimental for your health? How much of it can you safely consume without regretting later? Wine, the most popular alcoholic drink in Brisbane, is believed to have many favourable impacts on the health like
- Prevention of stroke and diabetes, CVS diseases
- Enhancing the bone density
- Providing antioxidants that check the signs of ageing
- Boosting the immune system
- Enhancing skin texture, treating acne, infections etc.
However, moderation is the key. Uninhibited alcohol consumption is related to several risk factors in Brisbane like cancers of the head and neck, breasts, oesophagus and liver, alcoholic liver cirrhosis and diabetes type 2.
Alcohol-related health hazards are the 4th most significant cause of disease burden in Australia (2011). Also, alcohol was accounted for 1300 deaths (4.5% of all deaths) in Queensland (2011) and associated with 37000 hospitalisations (2013–14).
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) approved Galaxy Research to initiate polling of Queensland population to gain an understanding of their perspectives on alcohol-related brutality and strategies. It was concluded that a preponderance of Queensland population (80%) opine that Australians practice excess drinking and alcohol abuse, this finding being consistent with 2016 results. 81% of people in Queensland also believe that extra efforts need to be exercised to overcome the impairment caused by alcohol-related illness, injury and death.
So, how much alcohol is too much? Read on to know.
- 10 grams of alcohol is defined as one standard drink according to Australia’s national alcohol guidelines in a bid to standardise the measure of alcohol consumed.
- According to the American Heart Institute, less than two glasses in men and one for women is recommended for daily consumption where one drink refers to four ounces (148 ml) of wine. viz.
- A standard 100 ml glass of red wine (13% alcohol content) – one serving.
- A standard 100 ml glass of red wine (11.5% alcohol content) – 0.9 servings.
- The quantity of standard drinks in a serving of alcohol varies with factors like nature, volume, packaged or poured drinks. It’s always better to read the labels to be sure. As a rule, the alcohol package is required to bear the number of standard drinks contained in the product.
- Not all glasses are designed to hold one standard drink; hence it is imperative to be wary of the size of glass your drink is served in. Prudence demands to pour your drinks yourself or watching for the line on the glass for a standard measure. Alcohol tolerance, below and above the standardised amounts also depends upon other determinants like your body size, health condition, mood, general drinking practices, food consumption, and gender.
If you are not an alcohol drinker already, the health benefits are not convincing enough for you to begin at first place. But, if your happiness revolves around the best places for food and wine in Brisbane, know your safe limit and enjoy the perks while staying away from its adverse effects.