Why alcohol is not safe?
Even though alcohol consumption makes you feel happy, energetic, relaxed and confident, it affects each and every organ in your body. When you take one sip of alcohol, it remains for approximately two hours in your body. Taking one glass of alcohol during special occasions may not affect you negatively, but regular and excess intake definitely has serious impacts on your overall health. Alcoholism in later stages also leads to depression, increased stress, anxiety and several others. Many people think that excess alcohol only damages liver but, it damages your body in many ways than you actually think. When you consume a glass of alcohol it immediately enters your body fluids and affects different organs in your body starting from brain, lungs, heart, liver, stomach, pancreas, central nervous system, bones, muscles and several others. Excess alcohol also affects your fertility and leads to infertility problems in both men and women.
Effects of alcohol on your body
Here is the list how drinking alcohol damages your organs slowly and affects your body
- Brain– Alcohol affects brain’s communication pathways and affects your mood. Your brain gets shrinks with excess intake and affects your ability to learn, think and memorise. There are both short and long term effects of alcohol on the brain.
- Heart– Excess intake of alcohol affects your heart and increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases, heart attack, stroke, hypertension and others. It also alters your heart beat. Studies and research says that intake of alcohol in moderate amounts lower the risk of coronary heart diseases.
- Liver– As we all know alcohol is the biggest enemy of your liver, it is the main cause of fatty liver diseases. Alcohol effects on liver ability to eliminate unwanted substances from your body and also leads to several health issues like fibrosis, cirrhosis and others.
- Stomach– It also affects your stomach lining. It increases stomach acids and leads to problems like ulcers, appetite disorders, nutritional deficiency, diarrhea, heart burn etc.
- Pancreas– High alcohol consumption leads to inflammation in pancreas called pancreatitis. It also increases the risk of pancreatic cancer. Excess intake also affects pancreas ability to produce insulin and increases the risk of diabetes.
- Bones– Excess alcohol consumption increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone deterioration. It removes calcium from your bones and makes them weak and fragile.
- Central nervous system– Alcohol consumption leads to a condition called neuropathy by damaging cells in central nervous system. It affects your speech ability, vision or eyes problems, memory disorders, weak muscles and so on.
Increased health problems due to alcohol consumption
By declining your immune system, alcohol consumption increases your risk of several health problems like
- Heart problems
- Fatty liver diseases
- Memory disorders
- Bloating and gastric problems
- Appetite disorders
- Cancers (like mouth, throat, liver, breast, liver and esophagus)