The festive season, weekends, or gathering with friends are our social norms. Many people indulge in some amount of alcohol on the weekends even at home. After the entire week of hard work, many people wish to treat themselves and pamper with alcohol. Think again !! It is important to put on your thinking cap and make sure that you avoid alcohol for some good reasons. Staying away from alcohol is one of the steps for a healthy lifestyle.

Indulging in alcohol is harmful

Alcohol is a poison to your body. It is a toxin. There should be aware of the same and it is important to educate the people about the harm which is caused to this toxicity. Alcohol is a poison that you pay for to enjoy the effects it. The moment you indulge in alcohol, it is important to note the after-effects. Here is a sneak peek into the harmful effects of alcohol on our health

Alcohol hurts your health system

Body negatively processes alcohol. Alcohol is taken negatively by the body and should be avoided for a healthy life. Alcohol gets into the bloodstream through the stomach and small intestine. If the person has food in their stomach, it will slow down the rate at which the alcohol is absorbed. Liquids are better absorbed than solids. Alcohol is consumed in liquid form which increases its power of absorption in our body. Alcohol reaches the gastrointestinal tract which results in entering the bloodstream after it is consumed.

Liver: Most of the alcohol that enters the system is broken down in the liver. This constitutes about 91% of alcohol. The liver metabolizes everything that is taken through the mouth like food, beverages, medicines, and alcohol. The burden on the liver increases when it needs to metabolize the toxin in the body. Alcohol is a toxin to the body which causes harm to the liver. A small amount of alcohol leaves in urine, sweat, and breath. Since the liver has to do the major work of breaking down the alcohol in the liver, the overburden of toxicity might hamper the function of the liver.

Effects of alcohol on health

Alcohol has a major impact on the body and brain. Chronic drinkers need special attention as they are prone to health hazards in the long run. Let’s not forget that drinking alcohol is a bad habit. Alcohol affects every system of the body negatively and is not good for health. Drinking alcohol invites major health problems.

Alcohol can affect different systems of the body and create havoc in your lifestyle. Let’s start from the top of the body which is the brain

Brain: The brain is an important part of our system. Located right at the top, it has every power to rule you. When alcohol enters into the bloodstream from the gut, it first impacts the brain. The brain helps in carrying out all the functions of the body. Alcohol is a “depressant” to the brain. This impacts not only the function of the brain but also the function of the body.

  • Cognitive function is impaired leading to a lack of reasoning and thinking
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision or double vision
  • Waddling gait
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Euphoria
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Clumsiness with lack of gripping power of hands
  • Hangover headaches in the morning
  • Increased sleepiness
  • Tremors
  • Dementia
  • Brain damage leads to damage to the brain cells
  • Nerve damage which leads to defect in signaling function of our body
  • Incoordination of muscles of hands and feet
  • Lack of self-control
  • Loss of judgment and reactions
  • Lack of desire to work at home or office
  • Lack of motivation
  • Reduced productivity
  • Lack of concentration and focus.

Body – Alcohol also affects every system of the body

Cardiac system (heart) – raised blood pressure or hypertension, increase in cholesterol and triglycerides level, damage to the heart muscle and cardiac tissues, stroke, and heart attack.

Stomach- Acidity, defective metabolism, indigestion, heartburn, vomiting, gastric disturbance, stomach inflammation or gastritis, stomach ulcer, bleeding, acid reflux

Liver– hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, inflammation of enlargement of the liver, and liver failure.

Nutrition– malabsorption syndrome, malnourishment, obesity or unexplained weight loss, defective assimilation of vitamins and nutrients from food, fatigue, weakness and lethargy at physical levels, and no desire to work

Hormones and infertility- Hormonal imbalance, problems controlling sugar, description of insulin levels, reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction in males, reduced fertility in females, lowered the chance of pregnancy and conception.

Gynecological problems– Breast cancer like fibroadenoma, cyst or PCOS, ovarian cancer

These effects can be harmful to the body risking your health. Put a stop to drinking right away so that you can add more years to your life and stay healthy. Alcohol steals away the happy years of your life which you can spend with family, friends, or at work. Alcohol affects the mental and physical aspects of your vitality. So, take a pledge today and put a stop to alcohol for a better healthy future.