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Even moderate drinking poses health risks

Even moderate drinking poses health risks

26 April | 0 Comments | By Rachael

Many people believe that little alcohol can do one no harm. The poet Omar Khayyam once said “Drink wine. This is life eternal.”  In France, where people have fat, cheese and wine in plenty, the incidence of cardiovascular diseases is much lower than countries where abstinence is a norm or consumption is comparatively less. Doctors for long have prescribed a glass a day for heart health. The presence of polyphenols, a kind of antioxidant, found in alcoholic beverages is believed to prolong life and mitigate many illnesses. There are many rules on how to drink healthy, the most common and the most popular being the 1-2-3 rule.

The 1-2-3 rule stipulates that one should not consume more than one alcoholic drink in an hour. So as per the rules, connoisseurs who take time to savor the taste of their malt will have better health than those who are trying to lessen their sorrows while drinking incessantly. It is a cardinal sin to gulp it down it in one go. The second rule says, not more than two drinking nights in a week. And according to rule number three, no more than three drinks in one sitting.

However, research has shown that moderate drinking is not only good for cardiovascular health but also for the circulatory system. It could also reduce the risks of gall bladder stones and type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that the permissible amounts for men and women are 2 and 1. As the body ages, the arteries leading to the brain narrow and weaken. A blood clot in the arteries leading to the brain, unless treated in time, can cause stroke or paralyses. It can also lead to death. A moderate drinker is less likely to fall prey to an ischemic stroke. But there is a caveat, the existence of a high-risk profile (hypertension and diabetes) will negate any of the benefits that alcohol could accrue to one’s heart health.

Drinking, whether light or heavy, debilitating to health

There are times when even moderate drinking is to be avoided. Alcohol suppresses folate absorption and therefore, expectant mothers are advised not to drink. Experts believe that mothers who drink even moderate amounts of alcohol during their pregnancy are more likely to have babies with birth defects. Jacques Moritz, M.D., director of gynecology at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital, New York, says, “The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe.” Hence, it is better to abstain. According to the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, cancers of breast, esophagus, colon and liver are induced by excessive drinking.

Although most research has indicated that moderate drinking is good for heart health, new evidence indicates that even a little drink has a short-term impact on health.  A study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan school of Public Health revealed moderate drinking temporarily increases the risks of stroke and heart attack.

Alcohol impacts the immune system, the pancreas and the liver. It also adversely impacts cognition. Excessive alcohol consumption can impair the ability to make sound judgment. Violent crimes and automobile accidents are often the unwanted consequences of excessive drinking.

Seek treatment for alcohol addiction at the earliest

People with a family history of alcoholism have an inherent tendency to abuse the bottle. Alcohol abuse puts an incessant strain on a nation’s finances. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that excessive drinking cost the nation $249 billion in 2010.

When it comes to drinking, one has to be very careful. It is one of the most widely used and abused substances across the country. Alcohol also increases the likelihood of mental health problems whether or not someone has a history of substance abuse problem. A person with heavy drinking habits finds it hard to quit and in the process, develops cravings, which are harder to fight. The withdrawal symptoms are accompanied by signs of stress and depression. One should be careful with how many glasses are going down and make sure it doesn’t turn into an addiction.

If you or someone close to you has decided to tread on a path of sobriety from alcohol addiction-related problems, detox is the first step to clean the body of the toxins. The Detox Facilities Texas is a valuable resource for those looking for one of the best detox centers in Texas. You can connect with our representatives via online chat or call our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-4308 to know more.