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Personal Tradeoffs of Alcohol Consumption

{This article is quite incomplete. More knowledge is requested here, especially with references.}

Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages has individual benefits and drawbacks. The point of this topic is to educate you about the possible consequences. Most people are aware of the benefits and don't appreciate the risks.

Potential Benefits

1.
Fun — It's considered pleasurable to some people (however, this pleasure is often really the social activity itself and not the sensations from the beverage; or, it's pleasurable because it's an escape from some life problem).
2.
Social — It's something to do with friends (however, those who abstain don't really suffer socially because of it).
3.
Sex — It lowers sexual inhibitions (however, it inhibits sexual performance).
4.
Sleep — Some people have a bit of wine before bed and it helps them get to sleep (however, it disrupts their sleep quality).
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{what else?}

Potential Drawbacks

1.
Physical Health — There's no safe amount of alcohol. It always does a little damage to your body. There's a reason your doctor often asks you "Do you drink?" The health impact from alcohol is significant and accumulates over time. {quantify this} Some peope won't have symptoms and will die from other causes, but many do have symptoms and shorter life spans because of drinking.
2.
Mental Health — Alcohol consumption, when not social, is often an avoidance behavior. Consumption of alcohol is a destructive way of coping. It's an escape rather than constructively dealing with the problem.
3.
Danger — It impairs your ability to drive safely. In 2017, ______ auto accidents happened, resulting in ___ injuries and ___ deaths. Many of these accidents resulted in injuries and deaths of other sober drivers who were hit.
4.
Abuse — It makes you more likely to be abusive to your friends and family. In 2017, there were ______ cases of domestic abuse in the USA where alcohol contributed.
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{There's a lot more stats that should be referenced here. I'd be interested to contrast cultures that drink with those that don't.}

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