HEA 200 March 14, 2012
Alcohol in Sports
Alcohol has become part of American culture and is continuing to grow in that regard. The issue starts from the top down. The social elite in this country all seem to support the use of alcohol as we see in movies, tabloids, and television shows. We know many famous people such as Sean “P Diddy” Combs have their own alcoholic beverages that they travel the world supporting. We now live in a country that has gone through a transformation that started in the 70’s that has made alcohol extremely popular, especially among youths who don’t know any better. It is hard to say that alcohol is the downfall of our society because it is such a large part of our society. When you watch the Super Bowl I would be willing to bet the most commercials you see are about some sort of alcoholic beverage. Bars across America are filled night in and night out and nothing is going to change that. Professional sports serve beer and their games because it makes the teams a ton of money. Simply put, the issue of alcohol in sports is not going to change as long as main stream society still supports alcohol to the extent we do now.
It was somewhat shocking for me to research and find out just exactly what alcohol does to your body. According to Dr. Gary Wadler of the New York University school of Medicine anyone who is ingesting large amounts of alcohol can die. Since I know many people who have used alcohol in excess for many years the long term effects were even more interesting. You can have calcium buildups in your liver which can cause your liver to shut down or not function properly, you can also develop blood clots and your heart can become weak. The part about the heart becoming weak is especially alarming because you need your heart to be extra strong during athletic...