Alcohol consumption is usually part of the reality of many people. After all, it is a drink that, for many, helps with social interactions and relaxation. Do you agree? The problem is due to excesses, which can cause numerous damages in the short, medium and long term.
That’s because, as the popular saying goes: all that’s left over is poison. So according to WHO/PAHO data, 85,000 annual deaths are 100% attributable to alcohol consumption. Most cases involve preventable deaths. And yet, many of them are not fatal, but significantly compromise people’s quality of life.
So, do you want to know how to guarantee the consumption of alcohol without running the mentioned risks? Keep reading to know more about the topic!
After all, what is alcohol really?
Alcohol is a colorless liquid with psychoactive properties and obtained from the fermentation or distillation of sugar. All alcoholic beverages contain, among other elements, ethyl alcohol. The percentage of alcohol varies for each drink. Normally, beer has 5% and wine 15%, for example.
Like any other psychoactive drug, legal or not, alcohol often causes changes in human behavior. This is the case of the greatest feeling of happiness initially. Soon after, vision tends to be blurred and motor coordination is compromised. If there is further ingestion, the next steps may be loss of consciousness or even, in extreme situations, death from toxicity.
What problems can drinking too much alcohol cause?
As has been seen, excessive alcohol consumption causes a lot of damage in the short term. That’s because the drink starts in the stomach and goes into the bloodstream, where it travels to the other organs until it reaches the brain. This exposes the body to harmful effects, as the alcohol is converted to the body’s poison, acetaldehyde. Therefore, it is possible to notice signs such as those mentioned.
Fortunately, the body reacts to defend itself and transform alcohol into a non-toxic substance. However, he is unable to act forcefully when larger quantities of this drink are present. So, in the long run, maintaining this habit raises blood pressure, which can lead to strokes and other brain and even cardiovascular problems.
Other more common problems are the symptoms of the famous hangover. This is the case with stomach pain, headache, fatigue and nausea. In addition, there can also be a “moral hangover” as alcohol decreases critical thinking and increases euphoria. Therefore, it is possible to have regrets about the side effects of drinking.
Either way, continuing to consume too much alcohol can increase your risk of health problems like obesity, depression, fatty liver, and cirrhosis. There are some factors that tend to intensify the alcoholic effects. This is the case of age, weight, liver metabolism, etc.
Have you noticed how excessive alcohol consumption can have consequences for your health? That is why it is important to assess moderate intake and sporadic times. In any case, it is valid to drink a lot of water, eat something beforehand and do not mix drinks, to minimize damage.
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