Saturday, February 25, 2012

Top 10 Reasons - Why People Start Drinking Alcohol ?

Sometime we ask ourselves... Why do people drink?

Well! People drink alcohol for many reasons. But why do they start drinking at all? To find that, we have listed the top 10 reasons why people start drinking. If you think that you might have your own reasons or some other reason that is not listed below, than please take sometime to share that with us in the comment box below. Now let's see why people start drinking alcohol …

1. For the effect

Many people drink alcohol for the effect that alcohol has on the central nervous system. It is both a depressant and a stimulant, and drinking can result in feelings of euphoria, disorientation or a pleasurable release of tension.

2. Out of curiosity

People may drink simply to experiment with alcohol and judge whether or not drinking is for them.

3. As a reaction to the social environment

We’ve all probably experienced some type of peer pressure in our lives. In fact, almost everyone wants to fit in. Many people try alcohol when they are in a social setting where everyone else is drinking in order to feel accepted and part of the environment.

4. Because they see it modeled by others

Environmental factors, such as the influence of parents or older people, play a role in initial alcohol use. For example, parents who drink more and who view drinking favorably may have children who do the same.

5. As part of normal developmental transitions

Adolescents who are in the process of puberty (sexual maturation) and who experience more independence and freedom may drink alcohol as part of the dramatic physical, emotional and social change of adolescence. In other words, drinking is a part of self-exploration. Likewise, young people in college or university may drink alcohol during this time transition to adulthood in order to explore their own values and beliefs about alcohol.

6. To relieve stress

Some new drinkers may use alcohol as a way to escape or cope with problems. Alcohol may temporarily relieve stress and focus attention elsewhere, but the problems remain well after you stop drinking.

7. As a result of personality characteristics

People who start drinking early often share similar personality characteristics. These characteristics include:
  • aggressiveness
  • anxiousness
  • depressed
  • difficulty avoiding harm or harmful situations
  • dis-inhibition
  • disruptivity
  • hyperactivity
  • rebelliousness
  • thrill seeker
  • withdrawn

8. Because it is culturally normalized

Today alcohol is widely available and aggressively promoted through TV, film, radio, ads, and the Internet. This normalization makes alcohol use socially acceptable and normal, especially in countries or places where drinking is a part of life, like Ireland. Why do the Irish drink so much? This culture, for example, has drinking ingrained into the masses.

9. Because they expect a good experience

People who expect drinking to be a pleasurable experience are more likely to drink than people who do not. So, the expectation that alcohol will be fun and enjoyable may actually cause a person to start drinking.

10. Because it is accessible

Alcohol is pretty easy to get, even for teens. Family and friends are the primary sources of alcohol for kids who drink, whether knowingly or unwillingly. Local alcohol retailers may also accept fake IDs for underage drinkers. So relatively speaking and in comparison with other illicit activities, alcohol is accessible to most anyone.



9 Weird Guinness World Record Holders With Extreme Bodies...

Human bodies come in all shapes and sizes, but some bodies stray a bit farther from the average than others. Just take a look at the some of the newest world record holders, in categories ranging from fattest female to longest tongue to hairiest family. "Guinness World Records 2012 celebrates a diverse range of extraordinary records, but certainly our human body records remain some of the most loved and talked about," Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said in a written statement. But before you talk about them, you have to take a look at them. So, Here we have 9 such weird Guinness world record holders having extreme body conditions. Let's look at them one by one...

1. Longest tongue in the world

Here's Californian Chanel Tapper with the longest tongue in the world - it measures 3.8 inches from tip to top lip.

2. Heaviest woman in the world

Pauline Potter from Sacramento, Calif is the fattest female in the world. When she was weighed on May 13, 2010, she tipped the scales at a whopping 643 pounds.

3. Hairiest family in the world

Werewolves may be fictional, but there's nothing fictional about one super hairy family. Jesus Manuel Fajardo Aceves and Luisa Lilia De Lira Aceves are two of a family of 19 that spans five generations all suffering from a rare condition called congenital generalized hypertrichosis - in other words, they all have excessive facial and torso hair. The women are covered with a light to medium coat of hair while the men of the family have thick hair just about everywhere, except on their hands and feet.

4. Shortest man in the world

How short is the shortest man? A mere 24 and 1/4 inches tall. When Junrey Balawing, from the Philippines, turned 18 on June 11, 2011, he was officially deemed the shortest living adult man.

5. Longest fingernails in the world

In a city known for attractions, Las Vegas resident Christine "The Dutchess" Walton does not disappoint. She is the proud owner of the world's longest fingernails - they measure 10 feet and two inches on her left hand, and nine feet and seven inches on her right hand.

6. Most piercings in the world

Talk about a piercing stare. Rolf Buchholz, from Dortmund, Germany, has a total of 453 rings and studs all over his body. These include 94 piercings in and around his lips, 25 in his eyebrows, eight in his nose and 278 in his genital area.

7. Longest mustache in the world

Is facial hair still called facial hair when it drapes down the body? When Ram Singh Chauhan's mustache was measured during a records show on March 4, 2010, it was an impressive 14 feet long.

8. Biggest Afro in the world

There are countless volume-boosting hair products out there, but Aevin Dugas, from New Orleans, boasts the largest natural Afro. It's four feet and four inches in circumference.

9. Longest ears in the world

Humans aren't the only ones with extreme body parts. Meet Harbor, the dog with the longest ears, from Bachelor Gulch, Colorado.

Wood Carved Paintings by Kronid Gogolev

Kronid Gogolev is a master wood-carver who creates incredibly detailed artworks inspired by the rural and provincial life of Russia’s northern regions. He is definitely not your ordinary carpenter, now let's check out some of his beautiful art work...


Sculptures Made of Coloured Matchsticks by David Mach

Scottish artist David Mach has created huge sculptures using wire hangers and some permanent public pieces made out of bricks.But this time, David Mach created these amazing sculptures, made from thousands of colored matchsticks.

David Mach’s style of found art is truly tremendous. One of his current projects is composed of arranging colored match sticks to form stunning sculptures full of detail. He first creates a mold then sticks each match stick one at a time. The tedious and time consuming process result in vibrantly colored, flammable faces of animals and people including Elvis Presley, Che Guevarra, Charlie Chaplin, and Marilyn Monroe. check out some more matchsticks sculptures of David Mach below...

Origami Masks by Joel Cooper

All of these masks are made from single pieces of paper, without cuts or glue, shaped by folding alone in the origami tradition. Many are hand-painted, dyed, or stained before and after folding and all are treated with polyurethane, acrylic or shellac to make them durable and ready for display. For some it might look easy. We might be an expert in folding a piece of paper in half or eve into fourths, but we simply do not have patience in understanding required to transform paper into three-dimensional objects like this. In that case we must appreciate Joel Cooper for his amazing art work.