As most people do, I enjoy a good beverage, but have noticed it causes me to have bad acid reflux. After consulting my Doctor and I also like to base my decisions on research too, no more drinking for me.
I read the article below which helped, but it doesn’t mention Acid Reflux, which alcohol can increase, by posting this, it will force me to commit to this decision. And I feel good about it too.
Alcohol and Health: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
We’ve been getting a lot of mixed messages about alcohol.
On one hand, moderate amounts have been linked to health benefits.
On the other hand, it is addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it.
The truth is that the health effects of alcohol are actually quite complex.
They vary between individuals, and depend on the amount consumed and the type of alcoholic beverage.
So, how does alcohol affect your health? Let’s have a look…
The active ingredient in alcoholic beverages is called ethanol.
Generally referred to as “alcohol,” ethanol is the substance that makes you drunk.
Ethanol is produced by yeasts when they digest sugar in certain carb rich foods, such as grapes (wine) or grains (beer).
Alcohol is the most popular recreational “drug” in the world. It can have very powerful effects on your mood and mental state.
Alcohol can reduce self-consciousness and shyness, making it easier for people to act without inhibition. At the same time, it can impair judgment and make people do things that they end up regretting (1, 2).
Some people drink small amounts at a time, while others tend to binge drink. Binge drinking involves drinking large amounts at a time, in order to get drunk.
BOTTOM LINE:Ethanol is the active ingredient in alcoholic drinks, generally referred to as “alcohol.” It can have powerful effects on your mental state.
The liver is a remarkable organ with hundreds of functions in the body.
One of its main functions is to neutralize all sorts of toxic substances we consume. For this reason, the liver is particularly vulnerable to damage by alcohol intake (3).
Liver diseases caused by alcohol consumption are collectively called alcoholic liver diseases.
The first of these to appear is fatty liver, characterized by increased fat inside liver cells.
In heavy drinkers, binge drinking may cause the liver to become inflamed. In worst case scenarios, liver cells die and get replaced with scar tissue, leading to a serious condition called cirrhosis (3, 6, 7).
Cirrhosis is irreversible and associated with many serious health problems. In advanced cirrhosis, getting a new liver (a liver transplant) may be the only option.
BOTTOM LINE:Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and frequent consumption can lead to increased fat inside liver cells. Alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, a very serious condition.
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