Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol, and Drugs

Let's get this straight up front. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol are drugs; they just happen to be legal. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth. Caffeine and alcohol are not far behind.

Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol

Caffeine is a controlling stimulant and can have many adverse effects on the body, such as anxiety and restlessness, and can contribute to sleep disorders.

Nicotine is another stimulant and is highly addictive. It acts as a pain reliever and as an anxiety suppressor. It is also poisonous and is used in insecticides. Long-term usage can result in bronchitis, emphysema, ulcers, high blood pressure, and can cause lung, throat, and mouth cancers.

Alcohol is a depressant. Yes, a depressant! It can increase the risk of liver disease, impair your digestive system, destroy brain cells, cause damage to the central nervous system, and contribute to obesity among other health risks. However, alcohol, especially red wine, in moderation also has some health benefits. In some cases, it has reduced the risk of heart disease.

According to the former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, “Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States.”

Other Drugs

No one can tell you what to do with your body. That is your business and your business alone. What you choose to put into it is a choice with which you live. However, in working toward healthier self-esteem, you will need to decide how each particle that goes into your body affects your wellness and your self-image.

Drug addiction is one of the most consuming problems in America today. Whether it is pot or heroine, crack, crank, roofies, GHB, ecstasy, mushrooms, glue, or cocaine, drugs are as easily obtained as a Hershey bar from the convenience store.

Drug abuse has a direct impact on the number of violent crimes, traffic deaths, domestic and child abuse cases, and self-inflicted injuries committed in the United States.

The questions you need to ask are these: What do you want from your body, your emotions, your health, and your life? Can you get it while using controlled substances? How have the substances listed earlier hindered your wellness and self-esteem in the past? Can a controlled substance help you in developing a positive feeling about yourself?

Eliminating harmful elements from your daily habits can assist you in having a healthier lifestyle and, in turn, help you feel better about yourself in general.

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