There are many myths regarding alcohol and health. Usually, people are perplexed what to believe send what not. Some people think that small amount of alcohol is beneficial to the health while others think that alcohol is toxic an addictive. Let us see what is the impact of alcohol on the health of people. Before that first you should know the meaning of alcohol.
Alcohol has a substance called ethanol that makes it addictive and makes you feel drunk. Grains are used to make beer and grapes are used to make wine; they are produced by yeasts. The yeasts digest sugar in grains and grapes; this makes alcohol a psychoactive substance. Alcohol has impact on the mind, mood and health of the person drinking it. Drinking large amount of alcohol can be harmful and is never preferred. What is the effect of alcohol on human liver?
The main function of liver is to detoxify the substances that are consumed by people. Liver is an important organ in human beings. Alcohol has a direct impact on the liver of people. There are many diseases that are linked with alcohol and liver, one of such diseases is fatty liver. Fatty liver is a liver that has increased liver cells. Fatty liver is not very harmful as it can be cured; it is developed in people who drink more than 15 ml of alcohol every day. But if people binge drink, they become heavy drinkers. Heavy drinkers consume large amount of alcohol in them and then the liver dies and can lead to serious health disease. If a person consumed heavy alcohol on daily basis, then he can have many health diseases and can have impact on the brain. As ethanol has direct impact on the mind of an individual, alcohol can cause depression. Drinkers can blackout and they will have no memory till they get conscious again.
The brain functions can be impaired, if an individual binge drinks daily. Some people lose the ability to live a healthy life as their brain starts to shrink. Brain inefficiency is linked to old age. Some people who have anxiety or depression drink a lot of alcohol to get relief and to enjoy. While people may enjoy drinking alcohol for few hours, in later stage it will worsen their mental and physical health. Alcohol can lead to increase in obesity and in body weight of a person. This is because the calorie is rich in alcoholic beverages. Beer has different caloric numbers, but regular drinking can lead to increased weight or weight loss. If you have drastically lost or gained weight, then it may be linked to alcohol. If you do not drink alcohol regularly, then the chances of heart disease are reduced but for heavy drinkers the risk of heart attack is increased. Moderate alcohol consumption is linked with reduction in type-2 diabetes. People who are suffering from cancer or another chronic disease should avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Heavy drinkers have high chance of mouth and throat cancer.