Shortly before the crucial game, the tension increases - and thus often alcohol consumption. Be it a social gathering in front of the TV or on the way to the football stadium, alcohol is often consumed for a special event. Around 116 liters of beer, 20 liters of wine and 5.8 liters of spirits are consumed per capita in Germany. But alcohol is not necessarily a mood-maker! This is especially true for children and adolescents. They are already very sensitive to small amounts of alcohol. Certain alcoholics such as brandy or alcopops must not be consumed by children and adolescents, other beverages such as beer and wine only from 16 years.
Danger to the health and the "lean" line
Abuse of alcohol - even in adults - has consequences that not only disturb the sporting character of major events, but also endanger the health of individuals. Alcohol is encouraging in the short term, in the long run it makes you tired and tired. Frequent, prolonged alcohol consumption can lead to addiction, physical and mental damage and an increased risk of cancer and impotence.
Even the much-cited "beer belly" is no accident - 1 l "liquid bread" contains about 400 kilocalories just as much energy as a bar of chocolate. The German Nutrition Society (DGE) e. V. recommends restrained use of alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are stimulants that can be moderately consumed by healthy adults. Women should not take more than 10 grams and men should not consume more than 20 grams of alcohol per day. For example, 20 grams of alcohol are contained in half a liter of beer. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not drink alcohol in order not to endanger their child's health.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages and their sale to children or adolescents is governed by § 9 of the Youth Protection Act. A child within the meaning of this law is anyone who is under 14 years old. Teenager is who is between 14 and 17 years old. Absolutely prohibited for under-18s are brandy, spirits or foods that contain brandy in not just minor amounts. These include, for example, liqueur, brandy, rum, whiskey and also prepared mixed drinks such as vodka lemon and the so-called alcopops.
In addition, these include sundaes, drinks such as grog or corresponding brandy sweets or sugar confectionery, to which spirits are added. Beer, wine, sparkling wine and beer or mixed wine drinks are taboo for children and young people under 16 years. Unless a teenager from the age of 14 is accompanied by a parent or guardian, he may consume the latter drinks.
Effects of alcohol
Adults who use alcohol responsibly are not only role models for children, they also protect their bodies from the negative effects of alcohol. If drinking alcohol regularly and amply, there is a long-term risk of addiction with serious damage to the health of organs, especially the liver, and nerves. The risk of mental disorders and cancers is increasing. Even a small dose of alcohol reduces muscle performance. Alcohol lowers testosterone levels, worsening prostate function and male reproductive capacity. Cause of the thickening effect of alcohol may be an appetite-enhancing effect of the alcohol. Apart from that, alcohol provides plenty of "empty calories" that can contribute to obesity.
Calorie trap alcohol
At 7 kilocalories per gram, the energy content of alcohol is almost as high as that of fat at 9 kilocalories. The same amount of sugar or protein provides only 4 kilocalories. And how much alcohol is in the drinks? A glass of beer (0.2 liters) provides 8 grams and a quarter wine (0.25 liters) 20 grams of alcohol, a glass of sparkling wine (0.1 liters) contains 9 grams and a shot glass with spirits (0.02 liters) already more than 5 grams of alcohol.