Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ill Effects of Alcoholic Drinks

“99 ABC’s of Wellness” Article Credit: The original article 99 ABC’s of Wellness is by Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit, which has appeared on the Philippine Star on January 12, 1999.

Principle #4: Alcoholic Drinks

"Alcoholic drinks dehydrate and increase your risk of high blood pressure, liver problems and other illnesses."  (excerpt from the original article)
Image courtesy of BBC News/Health
In proper amounts, there are positive effects of drinking low-level alcohol. There are studies that reveal reduction in the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes (Anderson P, Baumberg B. Alcohol in Europe: a public health perspective. London: Institute of Alcohol Studies, 2006)

However, we need to face the fact that excessive drinking of alcohol can develop in an individual from the first taste of it. It is good for those who can discipline themselves in this area but sad to say, we know that it is not always the same with many people.

What are the ill effects of alcohol?

 The World Health Organization estimates 140 million all over the world suffer from alcohol dependence. Why add yourself to that number? You can do yourself a favor if you can stay away from it.

A number of American celebrities have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in the past years. They might not be alcoholics but the law aims to prevent accidents associated with drunk driving.

Alcohol affects the central nervous system that controls the function of the body organs. It disturbs the brain's ability to process information thus distorting the sense of distance and height, speech, vision and sensation. It makes the liver work harder and causes it to dispel more urine, which causes dehydration. These effects can cause alcohol-related death.

Excessive alcohol intake can cause:

  • Mental and behavioural disorders
  • Degeneration of the nervous system
  • Alcoholic polyneuropathy
  • Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
  • Alcoholic gastritis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver
  • Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis
  • Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol
  • Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol
  • Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

United Kingdom statistical bodies report that "There were 8,724 alcohol-related deaths in 2007 (Wikipedia). For a healthy mind and body, it would be best to avoid excessive alcohol before it's too late.

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