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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Should Kenyan women drink 'Ooh-cohol'?

Yesterday Maina Kageni and Mwalimu Kingangi were talking about the Administration Police officer who killed 10 people in a love triangle drama. The AP is said to have been infected by HIV by his lover, who was roaming the bars of Siakago with another man. This story led our hosts to talk about women and alcohol. Apparently, the worst thing to have is a wife who drinks while you are a teetotaler. Mwalimu was of the opinion that a woman is worse off after excessive alcohol intake.

My Human Opinion

Our condolences to the innocent families that lost their loved ones. May God almighty comfort them in ways in which no human can.

Back to the alcohol business; Today I totally agree with Mwalimu.

Excessive consumption of alcohol is dangerous but more so to women due to their biology. We shall not even talk about the harmful effects of smoking in women. That's for another day. Also, studies have shown that drinking even in small amounts affect women differently than men. For instance, due to their metabolism, women generally get a higher alcohol-to-blood ratio after drinking an equivalent of alcohol as men.

Some of the effects of alcohol in women are but not limited to
  • Increase in the risk of breast cancer, liver damage, brain damage, heart disease
  • Drinking by a pregnant woman can harm her unborn baby in what is known as fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Increased chances of date rape and unplanned, harmful sexual behaviour. This was unanimously agreed upon by all the men who responded.
  • Increased risk of traffic accidents. A woman has a higher relative risk of causing a traffic accident or fatality than a man at similar blood alcohol level.
  • It's just not cool to see a woman in a ditch.
It's quite clear that a woman suffers more than a man due to alcohol use and abuse.
    Kenyan women, especially urbanites are notorious drinkers. They want to ape men yet they will suffer deadlier consequences. It's a sad state of affairs.

    Woe unto you if you marry such a woman. Be warned. And not just for your sake but the sake of your future children. Else, don't be surprised if she bears you a three-armed toto.

    My Biblical Opinion

    The Bible has quite a bit to say about alcohol, and some have been mentioned here before and I shall not repeat. Nevertheless, I shall leave you with one more verse.
    Proverbs 23: 31-32
    31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
       when it sparkles in the cup,
       when it goes down smoothly!
    32 In the end it bites like a snake
       and poisons like a viper.

    Ladies and gentlemen take note.

    By the way, have you noticed how members of the Administration Police solve their problems violently? Say a pray for our disciplined forces will you? 

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