Beer is one of world’s most popular drinks, its refreshing flavor is coveted in hot climates, when it especially causes that so-called ‘bad thirst’ which is only extinguished with a bubbly “ahhhhhhh”; although, its consumption is not suitable for all people.
This alcoholic beverage was not always consumed in this territory, it began to be made in 1544, with the passage of time its production and popularity began to increase, at the same time, in Mexico, the cultivation of barley and other ingredients began, already in the 20th century its consumption grew until becoming one of the favorites in the country, for the decade of the 70 even the micheladas were born.
Who can’t drink beer?
In principle, beer is a type of alcoholic beverage than among all warnings of its kind, although it has its particular risks according to each person.
According to the World Health Organization, the harmful use of alcohol is one of the factors that cause more than 200 diseases and disorders; it can even cause death and disability at an early age.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recommends: “Drinking in moderation can be healthy, but not for everyone. You must weigh the benefits against the risks; therefore it is not included in the Healthy Eating Plate”.
As with many foods and drinks, the abuse of beer consumption It’s a big health issue though. there are population groups that should not take anyseveral experts agree that these are the cases in which it should be avoided:
Drinking alcohol in this condition increases risk of miscarriagepremature birth and other conditions that put health at risk.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that this can cause the newborn to have a disability.
who has it autoimmune condition that damages the lining of the small intestine ingesting gluten (found in beer ingredients such as wheat, barley and rye). Alternatively, there are brands that offer gluten free beer.
people with diabetes
Beer can affect blood glucose levels and trigger hypoglycemia.
“Beer can quickly induce a blood sugar spike in the patient’s blood or, when fasting, can cause a rapid rise in insulin and cause hypoglycemia, which is also dangerous,” explains Dr. Jonathon Kung, gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai, in an article on the specialist website Eat this, not that.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains that it is also harmful to combine with alcohol medication to control diabetes, such as insulin, in particular insulin, as there is a risk of suffer from low blood sugar levels. It is also not suitable for people with pre-diabetes.
Due to their condition, it is not recommended that they consume even light beersince they could present a small percentage of it.
People with liver problems
If you have liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or cholangitis, drinking beer can make it worse and contribute to other diseases, such as liver cancer.
“Beer is alcohol that, when metabolized by an already irritated liver (often in the context of cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, or autoimmune disease), canfurther accelerate the damage to the liver parenchyma and can ultimately cause a decreased liver function”. says Kung.
people with depression
Alcohol consumption can worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety, since the drink is a depressant of the nervous system; Also, combining medication for these conditions with alcohol is risky.
people with heartburn
Alcohol is an irritant that can make heartburn worse, so it’s best to avoid it.
“Beer is known to weaken the closing ability of the lower esophageal sphincter (which separates the stomach from the esophagus), causing more acid goes back into the esophagus and cause symptoms of heartburn,” describes Kung.
People with heart problems
If you have cardiovascular disease, constant and excessive alcohol consumption can be harmful and weaken this organ.
people with hypertension
In hypertensive people, there are studies that link the consumption of high doses of alcohol with increased blood pressure.
People who are overweight or want to lose weight
In this group, beer consumption can affect the daily calorie deficit needed for weight loss.
“Beer contains 100 to 200 calories with little nutritional value,” says Kung.
It is always best to consult a nutrition expert.
People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
For those with IBS, “beer often causes bloating, gas, diarrhea and sometimes abdominal pain from irritating the intestinal wall or causing fluid retention in some patients,” says Kung.