Excessive alcohol consumption has been become a normal thing for many people, especially during weekend. But, this regular loosening up can cause great damage to our body.
As per a recently performed study, an average income earner consumes 9.5 liters of alcohol per year, but the amount gets higher when people get out with friends or when having stressful days at work.
What can alcohol do to your body?
Deteriorate liver health
Alcohol overuse can seriously damage the health of your liver. It becomes inflamed thus leading to scarring and cirrhosis, and to the development of liver diseases like fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, or liver cancer.
Due to alcohol use the stomach enzymes are abnormally activated and thus inflame the pancreas and lead to pancreatitis.
Skeleton and muscles
The alcohol intake leads to loss of nutrients as a result of which your body will suffer from osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and as well as puts you at higher risk of bone fractures and weak muscles.
The lining of the stomach gets inflamed that will lead to indigestion or nausea, and also elevates the chances of gastritis, ulcers, and chronic heartburn.
It affects the proper blood pumping through the body, increases blood pressure, causes irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, cardiomyopathy, and other heart diseases.
Central nervous system
Our brain seriously is being affected by the effects of alcohol and the regular use can lead to dementia symptoms such as memory loss, blacking out, depression, and so on.
The functions and defenses of the immune system are significantly lower that makes the body susceptible to contagious diseases such as pneumonia or tuberculosis.
Excessive alcohol use can be a trigger of many reproductive issues starting from erectile dysfunction to infertility. Plus, it can cause irregular menstruation, premature birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, or delivering a child with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Moderate alcohol consumption, meaning enjoying a glass or two once in a while, will do no harm, but in the case of overuse your whole body will experience its side effects.
The Benefits of Alcohol Abstinence
People who don’t drink or drink moderately experience many benefits. This was shown in a conducted study where a group of people stopped their alcohol consumption for 28 days. All the positive effects were documented and among the first ones was the physical appearance of their body. Here it is what happens to your body when you quit alcohol:
In the beginning the appetite will for sure increase and you will experience frequent sugar cravings, but after a month of non-drinking alcohol that will all change. The volunteers in this study in the first week had headaches, slept bad and had a drop in their blood sugar levels.
After the first week, things got better. The volunteers started to have a better sleep, look healthier, and the dark circles around their eyes were gone. The function of their urinary tract system got better and the sense of smell and taste improved. The saliva production got reduced that strengthened tooth enamel and decreased the risk of cavities.
After three weeks of alcohol abstinence the human liver recovers as a result of that the skin complexion of the volunteers got better. The body digestion got better, the circulation was enhanced that made their wrinkles to disappear.
In the last week the high blood pressure got regulated and the risk of cardiovascular disease was lowered. Some of the volunteers even managed to lose 6 to 8 pounds. They restored their self-confidence and the brain started working more efficiently.
Here it is what the 2018 research showed performed by the Royal Free Hospital on 1 month alcohol abstinence. The findings were published in the British Medical Journal:
Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Lower chances of developing a disease
Protection from cancer due to lowered blood protein levels
Keeps your pocket full
There is no dispute on the obtained benefits from quitting alcohol, and as per the beliefs of the alcoholchange.org, it takes three weeks to break a habit. You can try for a month to quit the alcohol use and see for yourself what wonders it can bring to your body.
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