beer health impacts

Health Impacts Of Drinking Beer In Large Quantity

Most of us love drinking beer but very few of us know when to quit for the day and very few of us drink it in right amount. Most of us drink it to get wasted. Don’t we?

Excess of anything can turn out to be disastrous for your health, whether it is healthy nutrient protein or carbs or fat.

You may have heard that drinking moderate amount of beer is good for health. Yes it is true only if you drink it in moderate amount. After all it has alcohol, whose excess in you body will not do any good.

Below negative impacts can come into the picture if you consume beer in large quantities:

 

1. Beer Is High In Empty Calories:

Beer is high in calories but it has very few amounts of nutrients, this makes it bad for people who are trying to lose weight. Your liver converts alcohol present in the beer to acetate and body burns acetate to get energy instead of fat and excess amount of fat is stored in your body, mostly in your belly and hips. This is why we use the term “beer belly”.

Many alcoholic drinks have added sugars and every time you consume them you are taking lot of sugar in your body, which can cause overweight.

Alcohol is high in calories. The alcohol in a drink has almost as many calories as fat. The average bottle of wine contains 600 calories while four pints of average strength lager contain 640.

 

2. Liver Damage:

Drinking excess amount of beer everyday will trigger inflammation in liver. Chronic drinkers have high risk of developing fatty liver disease (Steatosis), alcoholic hepatitis and this may lead to cirrhosis. And liver disease is not a joke.

Drinking too much alcohol causes fat deposits to develop in the liver. With continued excessive drinking, the liver may become inflamed, causing alcoholic hepatitis, which can result in liver failure and death.

Excessive alcohol can permanently scar and damage the liver, resulting in liver cirrhosis and an increase risk of liver cancer.

Alcohol can cause high blood pressure (hypertension), which increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It also weakens heart muscles, which can affect the lungs, liver, brain and other body systems, and causes heart failure.

The liver helps remove harmful substances from your body, including alcohol. Long-term alcohol use interferes with this process. It also increases your risk for chronic liver inflammation and liver disease. The scarring caused by this inflammation is known as cirrhosis.

 

3. Heavy Beer Drinking Can Effect The Brain:

Heavy alcohol consumption can trigger hormonal imbalance and may stop healthy development of organs. Over time heavy drinkers damage their short and long-term memory functions and they may be unable to recall their plans and intentions. And may face trouble focusing and learning. Heavy consumption may lead to insomnia and depression and risk of strokes may increase.

Heavy drinking can cause blackouts, memory loss and anxiety. Long term heavy drinking can result in permanent brain damage and other mental health problems.

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works.

These disruptions can change moods and behaviour, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coördination.

 

4. Low Blood Sugar:

Beer can interfere with sugar levels in your body and contribute to weight gain. Sugar is stored in your liver as glycogen, when blood sugar drops, liver converts glycogen to glucose and it gets released into the bloodstream. The impact of alcohol in this process is that when blood sugar drops, the liver does not convert glycogen into glucose, making you feel hungry and forces you to eat whatever and destroys your diet plan.

 

You should have moderate amount of beer after eating healthy food according to your diet plan.

 

5. Dehydration And Fatigue:

Beer contains alcohol, which is a strong dehydrating agent. Heavy alcohol consumption decelerates the functioning of your nervous system, which leads to tiredness.

Drinking heavily reduces your body’s natural immune system. This can cause more diseases and illness in your body. So thing is, excessive alcohol is really harmful.

 

6. Sleep Difficulties:

Heavy alcohol intake can lead to sleeping difficulties, which leads to poor quality of sleep. Without proper sleep, your body can not function properly.

Regular drinking can affect the quality of your sleep. And when you wake up in morning and you will tiered and not satisfied with your last night sleep.

Chronic alcohol drinkers have also reported an increase in disturbing dreams and nightmares.

Alcohol has also been linked to suicide. The Mental Health Foundation reports that:

  • 65% of suicides have been linked to excessive drinking.
  • 70% of men who take their own life drink alcohol before doing so.
  • almost one-third of suicides among young people take place while the person is intoxicated.

 

7. Effects on Fertility:

Many science researches and scientific evidences show that excessive intake of alcohol can reduce fertility in both men and women. Man who drink too much are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction. And women who drink too much may stop menstruating. This puts them at greater risk for infertility.

8. Injuries:

Drinking too much increases your chances of being injured or even killed.

Alcohol is a factor, for example, in about 60% of fatal burn injuries, drownings, and homicides. 50% of severe trauma injuries and sexual assaults and 40% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides, and fatal falls.

 

9. Alcohol Creates Dependency:

Some people who drink regularly in large quantities and may develop a physical and emotional dependency on alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal can be difficult and life-threatening.

Depending on the risk for withdrawal symptoms, detoxification can be managed on either an outpatient or inpatient basis.

You often need professional help such as rehab to break an alcohol addiction.  It’s the safest way to make sure you break the physical addiction.

 

To Summarize:

Continued and excessive alcohol use in large amounts are associated with many health problems such as:

  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Impaired judgment
  • Decreased perception and coördination
  • Unconsciousness
  • Anemia (loss of red blood cells)
  • Blackouts (memory lapses, where the drinker cannot remember events that occurred while under the influence)
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