Friday, January 27, 2023

What are the negative health effects of drinking beer on a daily basis?

Some people have the habit of drinking beer or other types of alcohol on a daily basis. It is important to know that consuming this drink can have serious health effects.

As detailed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Binge drinking is defined as 8 or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more drinks per week for men.

According to these centers, one drink contains 0.6 ounces, which is equal to 1.2 tablespoons or 14.0 grams). Each drink can be differentiated as follows:

  • 12 oz beer (5% alcohol content).
  • 5 ounces of wine (with 12% alcohol content).
  • 1.5 ounces of 80 proof (40% alcohol) distilled spirits (such as gin, rum, vodka or whiskey).

Medline Plus Specialist, The website of the United States National Library of Medicine states that daily consumption of alcohol has negative effects on people’s health. In addition to affecting the ability to reason and judge, If you have high blood pressure it becomes difficult to control, and in pregnant women it can harm the baby.

They also explain that long-term alcohol consumption can increase the risk of suffering from certain conditions such as the following:

  1. damage to neurons.
  2. Permanent memory loss.
  3. Bleeding from the stomach or esophagus.
  4. Inflammation and damage to the pancreas.
  5. Liver damage.
  6. malnutrition.
  7. Cancer of the esophagus, liver, colon, head and neck, breast, among others.
  8. heart problems.
  9. Cerebrovascular accidents.
  10. depression.
  11. Worry
  12. Nerve damage (numbness in hands and feet, erection problems, dribbling of urine, or problems urinating).

It is important that when receiving a diagnosis of diabetes, the recommendations provided by the doctor are followed. In addition, if you want to drink alcohol, you should consult with a professional whether it is healthy to do so in each specific case.

It is advisable to consult a doctor, as drinking alcoholic beverages like beer can lead to high or low levels of glucose in one’s blood. These effects depend on the amount of alcohol consumed and the medication being taken.

“The liver releases glucose into the bloodstream to help keep blood sugar at normal levels. When you drink alcohol, your liver needs to break it down. When your liver is processing it, This stops the release of glucose. As a result, your blood sugar level may drop rapidly, putting you at risk for low blood sugar. (hypoglycemia)”, details MedlinePlus.

alcohol use disorder

It is a disorder in which there is a problem in controlling the amount of alcohol drunk, even when it is seen that the said consumption is causing the problem.

In the words of the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization dedicated to clinical practice, education and research, symptoms in people with this disorder include:

  • “Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol I drink.
  • Intend to reduce the amount you drink or have tried without success.
  • Spending a lot of time drinking, drinking, or recovering from alcohol abuse.
  • Feeling a strong desire or craving to drink alcohol.
  • Being unable to meet important obligations at work, school, or home because of frequent drinking.
  • Continuing to use alcohol knowing it is causing you physical, social, work or interpersonal problems.
  • Give up or limit social and work activities and hobbies in order to consume alcohol.
  • Consuming alcohol in unsafe situations, such as while driving or swimming.
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol, so you need to take more to feel the effect or you feel less effect with the same amount.
  • To avoid these symptoms, do not drink alcohol, or appear symptoms like nausea, sweating and tremors after drinking.

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