Alcohol and Health Issues

Alcohol intake in a small amount increases risk of high blood pressure

Allah Almighty and His prophet Mohamed warned usfromdanger of Alcohol fourteen centuries ago. Let us read …

Today, recent scientists confirm that even modest alcohol consumption can cause blood pressure to increase, according to two recent studies conducted in Japan.

Dr. Noriyuki Nakanishi, from the department of social and environmental medicine at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, lead author of the first study, concluded that “Alcohol use represents an important modifiable risk factor for hypertension.”Previous research has demonstrated some health benefits for those who drink small amounts of alcohol, but the two new studies indicate that even very low alcohol consumption can be a health risk for many — almost one in every four people.

Alcohol Affects Older Persons More

The first study involved more than 5,000 Japanese male office workers, between the ages of 23 and 59, for more than four years. The subjects were grouped into four categories: those who drank fewer than 12 grams of alcohol a day; those who drank 12 grams to 22 grams per day; those who drank 23 grams to 45 grams per day; and those who drank more than 46 grams per day. One glass of wine would contain about 20 grams of alcohol.Researchers observed that as the alcohol consumption rate went up, so did blood pressure. In the 12 grams to 22 grams per day group, systolic blood pressure went up 1.4 points in those between the ages of 25 and 35, but increased 5.4 points for men between the ages of 48 and 59, indicating that drinking affects older persons more.

Risk of Hypertension

In the second of the two studies, researchers from Kyushu University followed more than 1,100 people over age 40 for 10 years. During that study, 101 men and 106 women developed hypertension with the risk of developing hypertension higher for both men and women who drank, even those who drank less than 23 grams daily.

Glory to Allah, this nice fruit has a wonderful scene and taste, but human used it in manufacturing alcohol with its great bad effects.

Islam and alcohol

Allah Almighty prohibited Muslims from drinking alcohol as He Almighty says:”O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-Ansab , and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitan’s (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful. Shaitan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from As-Salat (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?”(Sûrat Al-Mâ’idah-verse 90-91)

And to shortcut the issue to all people who may think that a little amount of alcohol is good or is not harmful for our health, prophet Mohamed peace be upon him told us about alcoholmore than fourteen centuries ago :”What intoxicates in large amounts, a little of it is forbidden.”[Narrated by Altermizi]

Conclusion

After all of the above we see a full identification between the holy book of Qur’an and what our prophet told us fourteen centuries ago and what recent scientists say about the danger of alcohol and that is a clear evidence that religion of Islam is a message from Allah Almighty Who says about prophet Mohamed peace be upon him: “Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired.”(Sûrat An-Najm- verse 3-4).

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By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel
Website: www.kaheel7.com/eng

References:
http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/heal/a/aa020722a.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-03/plos-aii022808.php
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-lewis/12/a17/43

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