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Alcohol: there is no better way to drink life


In the award-winning film »Der Rausch«, four men drink against bad luck and boredom. In reality, however, the level drinking they practice can hardly work.

Plagued by the midlife crisis, the men decide to drink exactly enough during the day so that they always have 0.5 per thousand alcohol in their blood.

The outcome of the experiment on the screen is not to be spoiled here.

It is clear that drinking at the level of this kind would not work in reality and would clearly have negative consequences.

It depends, among other things, on gender and weight when 0.5 per mille is reached - »per mille calculators« on the Internet help with the calculation. A man who weighs 80 kilos has to drink about 0.8 liters of beer or half a bottle of wine within an hour. To maintain the level, another 0.25 liters of beer or 0.1 liters of wine should follow every 60 minutes. During a waking phase of 16 hours that would add up to half a case of beer or just under three bottles of wine.

The only stupid thing is that an alcohol-related feeling of wellbeing cannot be preserved. This is proven, among other things, by so-called “clamp experiments” in which alcohol can be injected at the push of a button and the level can be “clamped”. The test subjects only found it pleasant "during the start-up", says Rainer Spanagel, Scientific Director of the Institute for Psychopharmacology in Mannheim. In this respect, a certain level makes neither happier nor more creative: Only the way into the intoxication creates a certain euphoria.

In addition, the same amount of alcohol is less effective from day to day.

As a consequence, the body demands a higher level in the long term.

In this respect, attempts to constantly increase happiness and creativity through alcohol are »doomed to failure«, warns Joachim Körkel.

The addiction researcher and professor at the Evangelical University of Nuremberg thinks absolutely nothing of all those studies that suggest that moderate alcohol consumption is beneficial to health: "Most of them should be consumed with caution and are full of methodological or statistical problems," he says.

"Alcohol is toxic and can be harmful in the long run, even in small amounts."

Nevertheless, I will not do without it entirely.


Yours Guido Kleinhubbert


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1. How many deaths per hour in Germany can be traced back to the risky consumption of alcohol?

a) 0.5

b) 21

c) 8

2. In which country is most alcohol consumed?

a) Germany

b) Uganda

c) Czech Republic

3. Has alcohol become cheaper or more expensive in relative terms over the past 40 years?

a) More expensive

b) Cheaper

c) The prices have remained roughly the same

* You can find the answers at the bottom of the newsletter.

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* Quiz answers


c) Estimates by the German Central Office for Addiction Issues (DHS) amount to around 74,000 deaths annually in Germany that are alcohol-related.

That equates to 200 a day and about eight an hour.


c) With a per capita consumption of around 14.3 liters of pure alcohol, the Czech Republic is the most drinkable country in the world. The same statistics see Germany in 4th place and Ugand in 7th place.


b) Compared to the other cost of living, alcohol has become significantly cheaper in recent years. As the DHS reports, the prices for beer fell by 26, for wine by 38 and for other spirits by an average of 33 percent.

Source: spiegel

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