The impact of alcohol on your voice.

Making a living with your voice.
Think of the movie “Passion of the Christ,” what name comes to mind? “Mel Gibson, “I bet you are right. Mel Gibson publicly admitted to battling alcoholism for all of his adult life. In 2006, 2009, he was arrested for driving under the influence. Although, he sought professional help and checked himself into rehab, the bad news is there can be long-term side effects.
The Journal of the American Medical Association defines alcoholism as “a primary, chronic disease characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial.
Despite the disclaimer that succeeds cigarette ads “smokers are liable to die young”. Most people still smoke. Are you wondering why?  Impaired control, denial and distortions in thinking.
A group of athletes got questionnaires from a doctor asking, “If I could give you a pill that will make you an Olympic champion and also kill you in a year, would you take it? More than half of the athletes said they would. According to expert’s alcohol and drug abuse remains a general problem, but entertainers are more vulnerable owing to the long travels and the intense desire and demand for performance.  
Effects of Alcohol on your voice 
 1.   Dehydrationalcohol dehydrates and irritates the vocal cords. Do not drink alcohol on a day you must sing, because it dries out the throat extensively.
 2.      Mucus build up:  too much alcohol can lead to excessive mucus build up which reduces vocal cord flexibility and increases the need to clear the throat.
However, if you must consume alcohol, here are a few tips
§   Take in moderation; do not exceed your tolerance level.
§  Do not take alcohol before a gig or performance.
§  Ensure you take in water to prevent dehydration because, drinking makes you go to the bathroom and impairs your ability to sense the early signs of dehydration—such as thirst and fatigue.
Have yourself a successful career, stay away from alcohol.

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