We are in the year 2020 and we give God the glory for the gift of life.
Some of our brothers and sisters did not make it because of some drug or alcohol related incidents, may their families be comforted by the Lord over their loss of beloved ones.
The end of 2019 was swamped with deaths related to specified alcohol use and abuse and news of some brands containing death rather than the usual excitement of use did rounds. Question is, did the brands carry death in them or something?
Every tool comes with a manual of use and also warnings of dangers associated with wrong use. Producers of alcoholic drinks should do justice to their clients and offer them workshops related as to how they should use their products. This is what happened to those we lost due to excessive alcohol intake, which leads to alcohol poisoning, which is the dangerous result of consuming too much alcohol over a short period of time. If you drink too much alcohol too quickly it can be life threatening. No matter a person’s alcohol tolerance, weight or gender you can be a victim.
As you drink more, your blood alcohol content (BAC) continues to rise, eventually it becomes so high that your basic mental, emotional, physical functions are unable to work properly. Your blood alcohol content continues to increase 40 minutes after your last drink, so a person can feel the effects of alcohol abuse and potentially trigger alcohol poisoning even after they have stopped drinking.
The distributors of alcohol need to make their clients aware of this, as consequences of alcohol poisoning can be aggressive and fatal and at times self-treatment can cause more harm than good, so have the person seek medical and professional help.
The issue of age, gender, tolerance and weight plays a pivotal role as to how much one can drink, and as we are different it means we cannot drink to the same level, hence know your limit and do not compete in alcohol consumption.
For one to be considered a drunk driver by law, their (BAC) must be 0,8 or higher and at 0,10- 0,12 the impairment of co-ordination and memory are exposed. Anything higher than these levels will increase the harmful side effects, such as blacking out, choking on vomit, and extremely slowed breathing that can lead to one passing out.
If symptoms of alcohol poisoning are ignored and left untreated they can pose danger to one’s health, they can lead to hypothermia, hypoglycaemia, permanent brain damage, irregular breathing, abnormal heart beat and or death.
Mthandazo Ndlovu is a drug prevention and rehabilitation specialist, addictions counsellor, adolescent counsellor and professional counsellor. For help and more information call or WhatsApp +263772399734 or email [email protected] and join the Rechabites in building a drug free and healthy society.