Frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages can lead to varying degrees of organ damage, depending on the amount consumed. Avoiding this negative effect requires a reduction in alcohol consumption, and in some cases, its final stop.
Harm from alcohol intake:
- difficult coordination
- dizziness and confusion
- incomprehensible and unrelated speech,
- violation of fine motor movements,
- redness of the eyes and blurred vision,
- redness of the face.
Fatigue and depression increase, performance is impaired, and relationships with friends and family are at risk.
Other possible effects are:
- vomiting (unconscious vomiting is potentially life threatening).
In addition, the risk of developing:
- memory loss,
Consuming significant amounts of alcohol can have very serious consequences.
How much is “too much”?
“Regular drinking” refers to drinking alcohol every day or most days of the week. If we have to talk about quantities, they should not exceed: up to 40-50 g of pure alcohol or up to one and a half beer or two for men and up to 20-30 grams of pure alcohol or up to one beer for women.
Anything above these carries serious health risks, even if consumed once or twice a week.
Excessive amounts are not necessarily associated with drunkenness. Even the absence of this does not protect us from the harm from alcohol consumed.
Alcohol in small doses can also harm you
Regular alcohol consumption leads to the development of alcohol tolerance. It can be compared to the absence of pain: if you put your hand on a strong flame, but do not experience pain, this does not mean that your hand will not burn.
Likewise, when alcohol tolerance is developed, the body is unable to give signals when overdoing it with quantities.
Instead, everyone should control the amount of alcohol consumed by themselves!
The need to reduce alcohol consumption
Reducing alcohol consumption is a very important task, because alcohol does not spare any organ in the human body. One of the most common causes of acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer is excessive alcohol consumption.
With the regular use of large amounts of alcohol, damage to the brain (atrophy of the cerebral cortex) and liver (cirrhosis, ascites and liver failure) occurs. The kidneys and reproductive organs are extremely threatened.
More information on the dangers of alcohol can be found here:
Toxic effects of alcohol
Reducing alcohol consumption is an absolute must if you have:
- avascular necrosis,
- chronic pancreatitis,
- cirrhosis of the liver,
- delayed cardiomyopathy ,
- stomach ulcer
- gastroesophageal reflux disease,
- heart failure,
- hemochromatosis ,
- high cholesterol
- interstitial cystitis,
- sleep apnea
- peptic ulcer,
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- urinary incontinence,
- common urinary tract infections,
- colon cancer
- in women – breast cancer,
- gestational hypertension,
- laryngeal cancer
A very common cause of erectile dysfunction in men is the consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol.
Reducing alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is highly contraindicated due to the danger of fetal alcohol syndrome.
This syndrome includes damage to many organs and systems of the fetus, but some of the most serious are damage to the central nervous system, retarded development, sometimes even mental retardation, cognitive impairment and deformities of the heart, kidneys, limbs and others.
You can read more about this syndrome and the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy here:
- Fetal alcohol syndrome ( dysmorphic )
- Reducing alcohol consumption with medication
- Combining alcohol and medication is extremely dangerous
Alcohol increases or decreases the effect of a large proportion of drugs, which can cause significant disturbances in the body or stop treatment for serious diseases.