A drink is simply a liquid meant for consumption. This liquid comes in many different shapes, sizes and varieties. In addition to their primary purpose of quenching thirst, drinks also play important cultural roles. Common types of drinks include fruit juices, milk, water and other cold drinks. More traditionally warm drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate have also become popular.
Many people believe that beer is the drink of choice for people who are not used to it. The truth is somewhat different. While historically beer has been the dominant drink, wine has recently gained ground as more health conscious consumers have recognized its benefits. Wine is a better choice if you tend to consume alcohol often or if you have an aversion to beer. If you are a casual drinker, however, beer and most wines are perfectly acceptable.
Some alcoholic drinks have the same calories as beer and other drinks. The caloric content of each alcoholic drink varies. The caloric value of beer may be higher than the caloric value of many standard drinks, which explains why beer is the drink of choice among many people. Many drinkers, however, avoid alcoholic drinks all together because of the high fat and high sugar content, which can be detrimental to one’s body. Alcoholic drinks are also known to contain large amounts of yeast, which can create unpleasant symptoms in some people.
Tea and coffee are both considered to be forms of alcoholic drink but unlike wine, they contain minimal amounts of yeast and are considered acceptable human consumption. For centuries, however, tea was consumed as an herbal remedy but as more scientific testing on the healthfulness of this drink was conducted, it became clear to many that tea should be avoided as well. In particular, it has been found that tea contains caffeine, which can create insomnia, another warning sign for possible detriment to a person’s health if too much is consumed. Like wine and beer, caffeine can be found in teas in varying amounts and is known to have similar effects on the human body as it does on those who drink alcohol.
People who drink alcohol on a regular basis or who are heavily involved in heavy drinking situations may find that they are at risk for cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is a condition that damages the scar tissue inside the liver. This damage occurs from frequent alcohol use and overuse. Those who are more likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver include men who are heavier drinkers, women who are pregnant, and those who consume large amounts of alcohol.
For many individuals, they are aware that they have a drinking problem but do not know what the level of risk they pose to themselves and to others. Heavy drinkers who are involved in organized sports are at the highest risk for alcohol abuse. Other individuals who are at high risk for alcoholism include people who consume large amounts of alcohol in a series of reckless binge drinking sessions, along with individuals who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Living a life that is characterized by constant involvement in alcohol abuse puts an individual at high risk for a number of complications including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and dental problems.