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Guest blogger Jane Grates of Jane’s Kitchen Miracles shares wellness information on the negative effects of alcohol consumption due to over use/abuse and chronic use over time. Check it out!
Negative Effects of Alcohol
WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID ALCOHOL LIKE A PLAGUE
Alcohol is one of the most envied drinks in the world. A recent study by World Health Organization indicated that the world drinks an equivalent of 6.1 liters per person. 6.1 liters of succinct pure alcohol for that matter!
Often referred to as a recreational drink, this magical drink is fabricated from fermented fruits, grains, and honey. Moderately indulging in alcohol is said to have health benefits. For example, it can lower the cholesterol levels by triggering a tsunami of lipoproteins. However, the detrimental effects far outweigh the real benefits.
Since alcohol affects the whole body, it can open a floodgate of diseases and social problems. For expectant mothers, it could lead to losing your baby.
Below are a few nuggets on some of the negative effects of alcohol, and why you should avoid it like a plague.
Those who have had a drink or two can attest to blurred vision, slow TAT responses, loss of balance and impaired judgment. These effects are short-lived as they disappear once you stop drinking. However, continuous drinking behavior can lead to a brain disorder.
Acute Chronic Diseases
Heavy consumption of alcohol leads to high blood pressure, pancreatitis and liver cirrhosis (the swelling and inflammation of the liver).
There is a saying that goes “Better late than never.” Quitting alcohol consumption helps the liver heal by itself.
Protracted risk of getting cancer
Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to different types of cancers, including throat, mouth and breast cancers. Individuals who smoke and drink have the highest chances of contracting these diseases.
Alcohol releases free radicals affecting folic acid breakdown. It is further stated that acetaldehyde, a byproduct of ethanol, increases estrogen levels found in the blood. This increases the risk of breast cancer.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that alcohol has detrimental effects on the unborn baby.
Alcohol consumption yields fetal alcohol syndrome, which has detrimental effects the child’s brain and memory capabilities.
Children with fetal alcohol syndrome may also have abnormally small eyes and flat cheeks.
The American Pregnancy Association states that no amount of alcohol is considered safe for pregnant women.
After a night of drinking, one tends to experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Such symptoms include: thirst, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and fatigue. Experiencing these symptoms may lead to additional problems, including neglect of work and an overall lack of productivity. We all know what bosses result into when they discover you are slacking!
In February 2001, Johns Hopkins University researched and published a journal article, which found that one out of three bicycle accidents was alcohol related.
An additional study conducted on Maryland riders found that blood with a concentration of 0.08 grams of alcohol in each deciliter increases the likelihood of fatal injury by 2,000%.
Alcohol comes with a steep price tag when it comes to heart complications. Heavy drinkers are at higher risk for contracting high blood pressure, hemorrhagic stroke and heartbeat disturbance.
Buying a few drinks over the weekend may seem to have an inconsequential dent on your wallet. However, if you calculate the total amount of money spent on alcohol in a year… it may shed some light on why you are still living in a rented apartment. Nothing is gratifying like having extra dollars in your wallet. (Of course, this happens if you trade alcohol for healthier beverages, such as milk!)
Only a half baked person would argue that alcohol is not harmful. It’s outright lackadaisical to not at least contemplate it. It is clear that the negative effects of alcohol are many. Chronic illnesses, accidents, and impaired coherence are only some of them.
Alcohol consumption also erodes the moral fabric of the human race. Many unethical practices like raping, fighting, unprotected sex, and the contraction of HIV/AIDS typically happen while under the influence of alcohol.
So tell me, does this article give YOU reasons to avoid alcohol like a plague?!
An entrepreneur from Denmark who loves to run. She competes in ultramarathon distance running events. When not racing, she stays busy managing her websites, Jane’s Kitchen Miracles, Monica’s Health Magazine, Runnerclick, and GearWeAre. She also loves to travel the world with her husband Dan.