Drinking and smoking shows our failure (Thought for the day)

When we see the sign board or label such as “DANGER, DON’T COME CLOSURE”  “POISON”, we never dare to experience the same as it will challenge our life. But it is much funny thing, people used to drink Alcohol and smoke cigarettes even after seeing the statutory warnings such as:

“Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health”
“Drinking will spoil the family” 
“Cigarette Smoking (Tobacco) is injurious to health”
The recent medical analyses and reports proved that most of the victims for COVID-19 were alcoholic patients or smokers. We can see all the effects of alcohol in our body from head to feet.
1) Shrinking Brain (Alcoholic Dementia)
2) Blackouts (memory & consciousness) 
3) Behaviour changes (Anger, Doubts, Suicidal tendency,
    Alcoholic Paronia, Depression & Anxiety disorder etc.,) 
4) Hallucinations 
5) Dependency (Alcoholic Addiction)
6) Slurred Speech 
7) Throat Cancer
8) Heart Damage (Cardiomyopathy)
9) Lungs infection (Tuberculosis, Pneumonia,COVID etc.,)
10) Liver Damage (Liver Cancer, Alcoholic Hepatitis,
      Cirrhosis Liver, Hepatic Failure)
11) Pancreas Damage (Acute Pancreatitis)
12) Nervous Weakness (Fatigue) 
13) Stomach Distress (Frequent diarrhea, Oesophagus 
      Cancer, Esophagus ulcer, Stomach ulcer)
14) Impotence, Birth Defects and sexual dysfunction 
15) Thinning Bones
16) Malnutrition  
17) Diabetic complications
18) Numbness, Muscle Cramps and walk stumbling 
Now, let us see its effects on society 
1) Road Accidents (Casualities)
2) Crimes and violence
3) Leading families to poverty or loss of Income
4) Misunderstanding and breaking of relationships
5) Work accidents (Industrial Accidents)
6) Absenteeism and lack of productivity
7) Hereditary Habit (disease)

India has the highest number of road accidents in the world. Many statistical reports about road accidents stated that the main reason for this is “Drunk and Drive”. 

It is not easier to limit the list of effects of Cigarettes or Tobacco in a single page and it will stretch to a length for pages personally and socially. Briefly, I am giving some of them:

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body which proved that many COVID-19 victims are smokers. More than 17 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. 
Secondhand smoke exposure (smoke inhaled by the non-smoker near to the smoker) contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.
If drinking habits spoils the health of individual, smoking spoils not only the health of individual but the health of non-smokers. “They are the sinners and accused morally.” 

Why these habits come to people……?
1) Hereditary Habit (From the Parents or Forefathers)
2) To pacify the Boss giving company
3) From the Friends circle and parties 
4) From the favourite Hero in films
5) To elevate the status
6) Seeing the advertisement
7) To comfort falsely the physical or mental stress
     (in fact it will increase stress day by day)
8) In the name of “warming” for climate condition
9) For the adjustment with friends and colleagues. 

“Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!” (Isaiah 5:11)

“Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,” 
(Isaiah 5:22)

“Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink— you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!” (Habakkuk 2:15)


Popular posts from this blog

புதிய குறள் - திருக்குறள் வடிவில்

Songs of Praise (English Poetry) - Part 5 (Faith)

பயன்படுத்தும் இறைவா எனை ((தமிழ் கவிதை))