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Alcohol Effects on Your Health

 

 

 

 

By Diane Hanson

 

Many people drink alcohol to celebrate joyous occasions; alcohol instills a sense of social confidence and promotes relaxation in the company of others. However, there are many who drink alcohol for other reasons – primarily to seek relief and disassociation from reality.

 

While alcohol, particularly red wine, has recently touted to support heart health, the effects of alcohol abuse on your health can be very serious. Alcohol can affect your body and health in the following ways:

Alcohol Health and Mental Effects

1. Alcohol can keep you from getting deep sleep, which result in a less restful night's sleep.

 

In fact, drinking alcohol cannot make you go to sleep. Alcohol only make insomnia worse. In addition, alcohol acts as a diuretic which means it will trigger urine production which makes you wake up more often in the middle of your sleep to go to the toilet.

 

 

2. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol puts you at higher risk for cancers, such as cancer of the pancreas, mouth, tongue, and throat.

 

The risk is greatly increased if you also smoke. Alcohol and smoking is a lethal concoction in the long run.

 

 

3. Alcohol can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of arrhythmia, shortness of breath, some types of cardiac failure, hemorrhagic stroke and other circulatory problems.

 

 

4. Alcohol consumption is closely related to cirrhosis of the liver. About 1 in 10 heavy drinkers will eventually develop cirrhosis. It tends to occur after 10 or more years of heavy drinking.

 

 

5. Alcohol has a negative impact on weight loss. Alcohol has 7.1 calories per gram and these calories count as part of the energy balance equation.

 

Alcohol also increases fat storage further by increasing appetite and displacing fat and carbohydrate.

 

 

6. Any amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy is potentially dangerous to an unborn baby.

 

Your child may suffer lifelong consequences, including mental retardation, learning disabilities, and serious behavior problems.

 

 

7. Excessive long term alcohol consumption has serious detrimental effects on sexual health and sexual performance including loss of libido, premature or delayed ejaculation, infertility and problems with penile erection.

 

 

8. Misuse of alcohol also can cause major, even life-threatening, mental, emotional, and behavioral problems such as depression and alcohol addiction.

 

 

Please seek professional help as soon as possible if you suspect an alcohol addiction or have a drinking problem.

 

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