We already know that alcohol is not good for our health, but unfortunately most people ignore this fact. I was surprised when I learned that alcohol is one of carcinogens and regular alcohol consumption can inhibit the natural production of vitamin by the body.
Alcohol is a natural depressant and brings a variety of negative effects related to physical health and mental health. In this article, you will see a wide range of long term effects of regular alcohol consumption:
Various studies have found a strong correlation between alcohol and some cancer risks, including breast cancer, brain cancer, liver cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer. There is a kind of scientific consensus on the effects of alcohol on the risk of cancer.
Production of Vitamin B12
Excessive alcohol consumption will decrease the production of Vitamin B12 and a new study has found that B12 deficiency can be associated with several types of cancer.
Vitamin D and Calcium
Alcohol reduces the ability of the pancreas to the absorption of the Vitamin D and calcium. Alcohol also damages the liver’s ability to activate vitamin D to absorb calcium for bone growth.
Cirrhosis or liver damage can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption; the damage is related to the ability of the liver to activate vitamins.
Alcohol can serve as a depressant that reduces the levels of serotonin in the brain so many people use it as a sedative. In fact, consumption of alcohol can impair the ability of the brain and also cause anxiety.
Regular alcohol consumption is responsible for memory reduction that can lead to a kind of amnesia symptom.
Adverse effects on the gastrointestinal tract
Alcohol will encourage irritable bowel and stomach irritation. 250 ml of alcohol consumption can reduce the moisture content of up to 1000 ml!
Glutamate is functioning as a stimulant that allows us to keep awake but regular alcohol consumption can lead to a shortage of stimulant that will eventually damage normal sleep pattern. Some studies lead that alcohol has negative effects related to histamine, serotonin, neurotransmitters, and prostaglandins.
According to the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, women should ensure that they do not drink more than 10 drinks a week or a maximum of two drinks a day, while men should keep them not to drink more than 15 drinks a week, or a maximum of 3 drinks a day. Certainly, not drink alcohol at all is preferable.
Depictions of Alcohol
Alcohol is often portrayed associated with cool, sexy, manly, and fun. I really wonder how a hazardous substance can be promoted in such a way. Alcohol and tobacco are two types of poison that continue to be promoted on a large scale every day!
What to do???
If you are accustomed to enjoying alcohol every day, you have to change this bad drinking pattern. You must quit from regular alcohol consumption. Here are some of the benefits of self-control against alcoholism:
• Minimizing the risk of cancer
• Improving mental atmosphere
• Improving sleep patterns
• Improve healthy lifestyle