WHY YOU SHOULD CUT BACK ON THE BOOZE!
Do you ever ask yourself if you’re drinking too much? Should you consider taking a break from the booze? The health benefits of cutting back on your alcohol consumption, is definitely a positive. It may seem impossible to cut back, especially when your attending parties, music festivals and happy hours. However, leaning your way off the booze can help significantly boost your energy levels, strengthen your immune system and get you back to feeling healthy again! Consistent alcohol consumption can potentially lead to ulcers, cirrhosis and pancreatitis, because of the damage it does to the liver and digestive track.
Interestingly, alcohol is proven to be a diuretic, natural depressant and can potentially interfere with your regular sleep patterns. Therefore, consider taking a short break from alcohol to see how your body will perform without it. Use the opportunity to focus on your physical and mental state of health. You will feel energetic and amazing!
How Alcohol Affects Your Heart:
Consuming alcoholic beverages over a long period time or an extensive amount on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing significant problems including:
- Cardiomyopathy (stretching and drooping of heart muscle)
- Arrhythmias (irregular heart beat)
- High blood pressure
On the other hand, research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease and lowering diabetes from 25-50 percent. However, this doesn’t mean you should increase your alcohol consumption. If you're going to drink, moderation is key!
Affecting Your Pancreas:
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
Negative Affects On Your Immune System:
Consuming alcohol on a regular basis can have a negative affects on your immune system. This is because alcohol will debilitate the body’s immune system over time, making you susceptible to diseases. Heavy drinkers are much more likely to contract diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who drink less. After a night out and getting drunk, your body is slow to recover and prevents the ability to ward off infections. Therefore, when you’re hung-over, it is very easy for you to pick up common sicknesses.
Negative Affects On Your Liver:Your liver may be crying for help after heavy drinking. It certainly takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:
- Steatosis, or fatty liver (infiltration of liver cells with fat, associated with disturbance of the metabolism)
- Alcoholic hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
- Fibrosis (the thickening and scarring of connective tissue)
- Cirrhosis (disease of the liver marked by degeneration of cells, inflammation and fibrous thickening of tissue)
These are scary statistics, however an important factor to consider when heavy drinking is involved. Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the: