Vodka - an alcoholic drink, which is produced by mixing ethanol with water.
Bulk concentration of alcohol in the vodka is typically 40%, although there are vodka and other proportions of components. Often vodka various additional ingredients are added. They soften the taste of the beverage, but mainly serve the purpose of a marketing positioning mark.
History of vodka is quite complicated and confusing. The word "vodka" is a native Russian, but in the XV century by the word implied a somewhat different, though also containing alcohol, a drink based on herbs and roots. The first official mention of vodka in the modern sense occurs during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Benefits of vodka
Information about the healing properties of vodka for many years faced with denials by the opponents of the use of alcoholic drinks, which do not get tired to prove the harmfulness of alcohol and harm of vodka in particular.
Medicinal properties of vodka are widely used in the manufacture of preparations for external use. Ethanol, which is one of the main components of vodka, has antiseptic properties and can act as a solvent in the preparation of a variety of liqueurs based on medicinal herbs. Vodka and tinctures based on it are widely used in various application of poultices and therapeutic lotions.
There is evidence about the benefits of vodka and for receiving inwards in small amounts (less than 25-30 ml per day). It is believed that vodka reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by inhibiting the development of atherosclerotic plaques. People who use occasional small doses of vodka, less likely to suffer from arthritis, cancer, colds and angina. Reception 30 ml vodka helps normalize sleep, improves appetite and tones the human immune system. The drink helps get rid of coughing with bronchitis and tracheitis. A small amount of it normalizes blood pressure and helps to get rid of a headache.
Pointing to the benefit of vodka in small amounts, experts point out that this means there are plenty of alternatives that should be selected if a person does not drink alcohol. You should not start taking vodka and other alcoholic beverages for the purpose of prevention and treatment of any disease, since there is a high risk of negative consequences associated with alcohol.
The harm of vodka
Ethyl alcohol contained in high concentrations in the beverage, damage defines vodka. The above therapeutic properties of vodka overshadowed when a person steps over the maximum safety barrier in the form of 25-30 ml of drink per day. And it is very easy to step over to the properties of alcohol cause euphoria and addiction.
Abuse of alcohol and the nature of a long tradition of Russian feast provoked to eat large amounts of vodka, which inevitably harms many organs and body systems.
The main damage to the vodka has on the liver, multiply increasing the load on the elimination of toxins from the body. Ethanol is one of the leading causes of cancer and liver cirrhosis. My heart too drunk person is reduced with increased frequency, with the heart cells do not get enough oxygen during prolonged abuse that can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, and dystrophic disturbances in the heart muscle.
Vodka and harmful to the kidneys, which carry out removal of the cleavage products of alcohol from the body. People who abuse alcohol, there is impaired renal function, which leads to the accumulation of harmful substances in the blood and tissues, a negative impact on immunity and quality of life.
An important target for alcohol - the nervous system. When immoderate use vodka suffers memory, reduced mental ability and intelligence, disturbed sleep and mood. The reaction to the world around us, and events becomes sluggish, does not correspond to the strength of the stimulus.
Frequent reception of vodka causes formation of psychological and, later, and physical dependence. Alcoholic beverages are the only area of interest and a source of joy. Setting abusing people is also changing, as the specificity of the area and not hanging close normal and healthy people. Alcohol abuse leads to physical, psychological and moral degradation.