I’ve heard people say that a little alcohol is good for the health… That might not be true after all. It’s been revealed recently that alcohol affects the entire body, including the brain, nervous system, liver, heart, and the individual’s emotional well-being.
Factors that influence its effects on the body include age, gender, family history of alcoholism, how much and how often alcohol is consumed.
Here are a few out of numerous reasons why you should quit taking alcohol.
Hangover is that unpleasant symptom that occurs after drinking too much. It usually happens in the morning, after a night of heavy drinking. Hangover symptoms include: fatigue, thirst, nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle aches, dizziness, rapid pulse, sensitivity to light and sound, mood disturbances and bloodshot eyes. These feelings render the person useless for a couple of hours and sometimes, days.
Serious Chronic Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it known that drinking alcohol over extended periods of time can cause high blood pressure; damage to the liver cells otherwise known as liver cirrhosis; and inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
Studies carried out by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has proven that just one or two drinks can cause blurred vision, slurred speech, slower reaction times, impaired memory and loss of balance. Short-term effects disappear when the individual stops drinking but long-term alcohol abuse may cause chronic brain disorders that are serious and weakening. In other words, the brain begins to weaken and then disorder sets in.
Continuous drinking has been associated with a higher risk of certain types of cancers… Cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, larynx (the voice box), esophagus, and breast. And when drinking is combined with smoking, it leaves the person at a higher risk for developing cancer.
It has been noted that exposing a fetus to alcohol can cause birth defects of the brain, heart and other organs which is why women are generally advised not to drink. Especially pregnant women.
Poor Quality of Life
Financially, drinking can be a drainer. It can also affect your professional and emotional well-being. Long-term alcohol abuse is associated with psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, and antisocial personality disorder.
Lastly, alcohol can cut life short. It can sometimes cause blackouts, seizures, coma which can lead to death. Drunk driving can also lead to accidents that can claim live or lives.
I hope that for the love of your health and life, you will consider stopping the romance with alcohol and work on staying healthy. Alcohol does more harm than good biko… if at all it does any good.