After a stressful, long day, I end up sitting at home. With a glass of alcohol beer or an ice cold glass of vino. These kinds of rituals indicate. That the workday has ended and the time to relax and have fun is now here. The issue is that drinking this way won’t last long. The regular (and excess) drinking can lead to insomnia and depression. And research suggests that it can raise anxiety levels in the long-term.
However, the notion that alcohol can relax you is an unsubstantiated myth. Evidence suggests that a lot of people began drinking. More in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to try to unwind. Examining the background of alcohol may provide clues as to the reason this myth persists.
Medicinal Alcohol Purposes
In the past it has been utilized for medicinal purposes and is believed to possess many beneficial properties. Such as being an antiseptic and as an Anaesthetic. I’ve researched how explorers of late 19th-early 20th century used alcohol. The study of travelers can provide insight into the medical and scientific understanding of alcohol. Because prior to the clinical trial, doctors relied on the stories of explorers to provide. Evidence regarding the health benefits of different beverages and foods. Their writings could aid in understanding the past methods of treating drinking alcohol and health.
In fact there were several Victorian Arctic explorers drank a warming glass of rum after the long day of sledging. They claimed that it helped them sleep and to relax and release the stress. In the same way, British travellers in east Africa frequently drank small amounts of alcohol at the conclusion of a long day of travel considering it an effective medicine that helped them to manage both the symptoms of fever as well as the psychological strains that travel can bring. In a travel-related guidebook that was published in 1883 George Dobson, a British Army surgeon major, recommended that in warmer conditions continued labour, such as that of the sportsman and traveller, cannot be maintained for any length of time unassisted by the occasional and judicious use of alcohol.
Balance And Health
At first, and in small amounts it appears that alcohol acts as a stimulant. This increases the rate of your heartbeat and provides you with more energy. However, as time passes it turns into depressant, which hinders the activity on the nervous system’s central nerves which reduces your ability to think and reaction time. These health effects were especially relevant in the early 19th century of medicine, since certain medical theorists believed in that the human body was a system that needed to be balanced. In addition, stimulants and depressants were considered to be a crucial method to restore balance in the event that there was a problem with someone’s health.
Over time, these ideas were gaining popularity among medical professionals and scientists, and became replaced with theories about illness that attempted to pinpoint the specific causes of illness. In one instance “germ theory”, that was first suggested in 1861, demonstrated that many diseases resulted from microbes rather than the climate. Similar to that, British medics were becoming more and more aware of the role played by mosquitoes in the spread of malaria. These developments led to the development of new approaches to medicine that were aimed at preventing and treating illnesses that are common in warm climates.
Drinking And Drinking Criticism
But the changing medical attitude towards diseases was not the only reason for the decrease in medicinal drink during expeditions. The increased critique of drinking on expeditions was also due to changes in the social and medicinal attitude toward alcohol. This was in large part due to the temperance movement. It was a campaign that was root in the evangelical Christianity. Which sought to deter (and sometimes even prohibit) the selling of alcohol.
Many who considered moderate drinking as acceptable started to be concerned. That it could actually be more harmful in extreme climates. For instance during the National Arctic Expedition (1875-1876) was criticize for distributing the rum ration with the possibility. That it could have led to the outbreak of scurvy that was first reported to be a problem for those. Who were heavy drinkers in the expedition.
This led to the fact that the explorers made more efforts to emphasize the fact. That the drinks they consumed were moderate as well as medicinal. They usually did this by drinking only certain types of alcohol that, according to them have more medicinal properties. This usually meant champagne, brandy or certain varieties of wine. There were also fierce debates among doctors over what drinks were the most healthful.
Many types of alcohol seen as therapeutic for no reason aside from the fact that they cost a lot. Nowadays, these drinks are not consider to be medicinal. However medical concerns about the negative effects of different alcohol drinks have not disappeared. Similar to the Victorian counterparts, a lot of modern medical. Professionals have suggested that certain types of alcohol are more beneficial than others.