Alcohol is one of the occasional beverages most people use to enjoy themselves. It is obvious that some people take alcohol occasionally and others take it regularly.
Alcohol may be good for your health if taken appropriately and can also give setbacks to your health if taken excessively.
Alcohol’s impact on your body starts from the moment you take your first sip. While an occasional glass of wine with dinner is not a cause for concern, the cumulative effects of drinking wine, beer, or spirits can take their toll.
A glass a day may do little damage to your overall health. But if the habit grows or if you find yourself having a hard time stopping after just one glass, the cumulative effects can add up.
In today's article, we take a look at some health problems that excessive alcohol can be attributed to.
1. Inflammatory damage: The liver is an organ that helps break down and remove harmful substances from your body, including alcohol. Long-term alcohol use interferes with this process. It also increases your risk for chronic liver inflammation and liver disease. As the liver becomes increasingly damaged, it has a harder time removing toxic substances from your body.
2. Rise in sugar levels: Excessive alcohol destroys our pancreas. The pancreas helps regulate your body’s insulin use and response to glucose. When your pancreas and liver are not functioning properly, you run the risk of experiencing low blood sugar. A damaged pancreas may also prevent the body from producing enough insulin to utilize sugar. This results in too much sugar in the blood. People with diabetes need to avoid excessive amounts of alcohol.
3. Circulatory system: Alcohol can affect your heart and lungs. People who are habitual drinkers of alcohol have a higher risk of heart-related issues than people who do not drink. Women who drink are more likely to develop heart disease than men who drink.
4. Digestive system: Drinking too much alcohol can damage the tissues in your digestive tract and prevent your intestines from digesting food and absorbing nutrients and vitamins. As a result, malnutrition may occur.
5. Problems S£xual and reproductive health: Men who drink too much are more are likely to experience erectile dysfunction. Heavy drinking can also prevent s£x hormone production and lower your libido.
Women who drink too much may stop menstruating. That puts them at a greater risk for infertility. Women who drink heavily during pregnancy have a higher risk of premature delivery, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
6. Malfunction of the Immune system: Drinking heavily reduces your body’s natural immune system. This makes it more difficult for your body to fight off invading germs and viruses. People who drink heavily over a long period are also more likely to develop pneumonia or tuberculosis than the general population.
7. Interference in communication in the brain: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
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