Although it has been mentioned that a glass of alcohol can bring some benefits, it also has negative side effects and more if it is consumed in moderate quantities. A moderate consumption is one drink in the case of women and two for men.
You affect your immune system
The World Health Organization points out that alcohol weakens the immune system. Mayo Clinic says that drinking too much alcohol can increase risk of disease, especially the pneumonia, it can also make it difficult may your body resist such affections.
Alcohol also makes certain medications are less effective, while increasing the potency and toxicity of others.
Increase your risk of cancer
He National Cancer Institute notes that still in moderate consumption, over time alcohol can increase the risk of different types of cancer:
Head and neck cancer. Moderate to excessive consumption.
Breast cancer From moderate consumption.
Esophagus cancer. From moderate consumption.
Liver cancer. Excessive consumption.
Colorectal cancer. Moderate to excessive consumption
This is in part because it creates toxins in the body, damages body tissues, and creates oxidation.
You affect your memory
The American Addiction Centers point out that in the long term, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to decrease in gray matter and white matter in the brain; memory loss: loss of attention span; and trouble learning. Too much alcohol can also hinder the growth of new brain cells.
You damage your liver and other organs
The liver removes alcohol from the blood through a process known as oxidation. Too much alcohol makes it difficult for the liver to process it in a timely manner. If alcohol builds up in the system, it can destroy cells and eventually organs.
You can develop fatty liver, liver disease that develops in about 90% of people who drink more than one and a half to two ounces of alcohol per day. Continuous alcohol consumption leads to liver fibrosis and finally, to the cirrhosis, share Cleveland Clinic.
You weaken your heart
Moderate alcohol consumption can make heart to weaken (cardiomyopathy) and have an irregular heartbeat pattern (arrhythmias). It also puts people at higher risk of developing high blood pressure.
You can gain weight
Frequent alcohol consumption contributes to obesity. Alcohol adds unnecessary extra calories to your daily diet and even more if you consume mixed drinks that include juices, sodas, or syrups.
According to a Canadian study, adults who drank frequently consumed a significant amount of extra calories over the course of a year for possible weight gain of 14 to 32 lbs.
Stomach ulcers could form
Alcohol wears down the stomach lining and increases stomach acid productionl, which can contribute to the formation of ulcers.
Your bones get weak
Alcohol abuse can cause a calcium imbalance in the body. Lack of calcium increases the risk of osteoporosis and thus of fractures bone.
You could suffer from pancreatitis
Alcohol causes the pancreatic production of harmful substances, which can cause inflammation of the pancreas that makes digestion difficult.
You can get malnourished
Alcohol can alter degradation, absorption, transport, storage and excretion of nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiencies or problems fully utilizing them.
You could be depressed or anxious
Liver disease can also damage the brain and cause symptoms such as sleep changes, mood disturbances personality changes, depression, anxiety, concentration problems and lack of coordination.
You could have reproductive problems
Men who drink too much are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction. Healthline shares that binge drinking can also affect production of sex hormones and reduce libido.
Women who drink too much may stop menstruating, with it an increased risk of infertility. If they drink a lot during pregnancy, they are at increased risk of premature labor, abortion spontaneous O fetal death.
You can alter your dream
You may believe that alcohol is a good idea to relax and sleep. It will do so initially, but Dr Carl E. Hunt explains in WebMD that alcohol has a rebound effect and can make you wake up in the early hours of the night.
Alcohol consumption affects practically your entire body, from your bones to your memory. Try not to exceed moderate consumption even when it is rare.
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