Alcohol and blindness and other stories

Posted: September 15, 2010 by aknownemass in Medical News
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With the recent legalization of Changaa and other traditional brews, we thought you should know that:

  • according to an answer in answers.yahoo.com, Ethanol  will not make you blind unless you drink so much that you get brain damage that ultimately causes you to go blind. Methanol or methyl alcohol which is the alcohol obtained from wood will cause blindness because it depletes the enzymes that work in the retina and therefore burning the nerves in the eye that then causes blindness.
  • A study  conducted by researchers from the American Cancer Society, the World Health Organization, and Oxford University, and that followed a group of 490,000 people over a nine-year period,   found that, compared to teetotalers, subjects who had a drink a day were 30 to 40 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular diseases. Their overall death rate was 20 percent lower.
  • At midnight on January 16, 1920 in the USA, the Eighteenth Amendment took effect that prohibited the manufacture, sale, transportation, import, or export of intoxicating liquor.  Intoxicating liqour was defined by the Volstead Act as any beverage containing more 0.5% alcohol. The law was in effect for 13 years.
  • One glass of white wine has 85 calories, a gin and tonic 140 and a pint of beer can contain up to 300 calories and that alcohol inhibits leptin, the hormone that promotes a feeling of fullness.
  • According to wikipedia, in 2006, the total global revenues from Beer alone were US$294.5 billion. If this money was to be distributed to the approximately 6 billion people alive then, each man, woman and child alive would have received approx Kshs 3,920 or Kshs 23,520 for a family of six!
  • That in the year 2000, 32% of fatal accidents in the USA were associated with drivers with a drinking history
  • According to Wikipedia,  the Chzeck Republic had the highest per capita consumption rate of beer in 2004 at 156.9 litres per person i.e. more than 300 half little bottles per person,  Kenya does not rank in the top 34

Thought you should know!

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