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Alcohol has been disputed as to whether or not it should be consumed. For a dancer, it should be avoided altogether. As stated prior, dancers are especially vulnerable to dehydration because of the constant physical work being done on the body. For this reason, it is important to stay away from alcoholic drinks because they dehydrate the body (Alcohol Intoxication, 2006; Snell, 2007).

Drinking alcohol results in poor coordination, loss of balance, poor speech and vision as well as changes in mood. Long term effects of consuming alcohol are heart disease, memory loss, damage to the liver, pancreas and central nervous system, increased risk of liver, lung, throat and mouth cancer, pneumonia, alcohol poisoning and other heart and liver diseases. There is also increased risk of accidents, suicide and unplanned sexual participation, often practiced in an unsafe manner. The damages that alcohol causes to the body should be enough for a dancer to decide stay away from it. However, some dancers may think they can tolerate alcohol. In reality, tolerance of alcohol in the body does not exist. The damages alcohol can cause to the body are the same to those who drink alcohol frequently or feel their body can handle it better (Alcohol Intoxication, 2006; Chakraburtty, 2008; Mayo Clinic Staff, 2008, Aug.;Risks and Realities: Why do People Drink?, 2008; Rose, 2009).

 

Drug use or illegal drug use can be very harmful to anyone’s body. The most common illegal drugs include marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroine, inhalants and methamphetamines. As with the reasons of wanting to smoke to curb the appetite, a dancer may want to use illegal drugs to stay thin, particularly cocaine or ecstasy. The complications from using drugs, however, far outweigh any personal justification or satisfaction of use. Drugs affect all aspects of one’s life including work, family, health and social (Illegal Drug Use, 2009; Mayo Clinic Staff, 2007, Oct.).

 

A dancer’s health could be compromised with not only the psychological effects of addiction, but health risks including damage to the neurological and central nervous system, liver disease, convulsions, seizures, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and unconsciousness. Using drugs also increases risks of developing psychological or mental illnesses. This is just a small list of side effects of illegal drug use, which are possibly permanent and irreversible. Most importantly, the most dangerous and obvious side effect is death (Illegal Drug Use, 2009; Mayo Clinic Staff, 2007, Oct.; Van Voorhees, 2009).

Drug use affects all aspects of one’s life. With the health risks, using drugs affects finances, as well as a decline in performance of work and participation in family and social life. Even if a dancer lives a solitary life, the fact that drugs will effect how they perform should shy them away from it. Drugs can destroy a person’s life and to a dancer, their career and their very livelihood (Illegal Drug Use, 2009; Mayo Clinic Staff, 2007, Oct.; Van Voorhees, 2009).

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