5 Hidden Dangers of Drinking Alcohol That Everyone Ignores

As a college student at a large university, I see dangerous drinking behavior all the time.

It goes without saying that if you’re racing to finish a bottle of wine or downing six beers during a one hour beer pong tournament, you’re probably damaging your body. But what would surprise most people is that “responsibly” drinking alcohol, even if not to the point of intoxication, can cause serious harm to your body if consumed often.

Many people are unaware that frequency of use is just as important as quantity. If you’re like the 63% of Americans who imbibe beer, wine, or liquor on a regular basis, you should be aware of the hidden dangers associated with alcohol consumption.

How often is ‘regularly’?

Well, there is no completely safe level of alcohol consumption. If you drink regularly, even in small quantities, there will be some level of damaging impact to your body.

That being said, the government’s recommendation is if you do drink, to not consume more than 6 pints of beer or 7 glasses of wine per week (14 units of alcohol), for both men and women.

VIDEO: How Alcohol Affects Your Brain And Body

Five Ways Alcohol Could Be Seriously Harming Your Health

  1. Liver Damage 

The liver is responsible for cleaning toxins out of the blood, including alcohol. When you overload the liver by consuming more alcohol than it can process, it can damage the liver cells.

There are three main types of liver disease that occur from alcohol abuse, alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and alcoholic cirrhosis. Liver disease typically progresses from the former to the latter, and can have serious consequences such as build up of fluid in the abdomen, enlarged spleen, kidney failure, and liver cancer.

2. Osteoporosis

Alcohol can cause damage to the pancreas, which is the organ responsible for absorbing calcium, an essential nutrient to strong bones. If the body is unable to properly absorb calcium, it can make the bones brittle and weak.

3. Cancer

Alcohol consumption has been linked to at least 7 different types of cancer in the body. According to Cancer Research UK,

“In our bodies, alcohol (ethanol) is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. It can cause cancer by damaging DNA and stopping our cells from repairing this damage.”

Alcohol leads to elevated risk for mouth, pharyngeal, oesophageal, laryngeal, breast, bowel, and liver cancer.

4. Dehydration

Alcohol is an inherently dehydrating substance, no matter how much you consume. Most people don’t drink enough water to begin with, so further dehydrating the body with alcohol can be even more dangerous.

Dehydration can take a serious toll on the body. It can cause fatigue, kidney stones, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight gain and a long list of other health complications.

5. Depression

Although alcohol is widely viewed as a drug that can help you relax or have more fun at parties and social gatherings, it’s actually categorized as a depressant. Depressants are a category of drugs that lowers neurotransmission levels and leave you disoriented and fatigued, often referred to as “downers.” According to experts,

“Long-term use of depressants can produce depression, chronic fatigue, breathing difficulties, sexual problems and sleep problems.”

Due to it’s addictive properties, alcohol is a very dangerous depressant. It works two ways, drinking excessively can cause depression and being depressed can cause excessive drinking. If you’re struggling with depression, you can look on the National Institution for Mental Health’s website for resources.

Alcohol has been an integrated part of human social interaction for about 10 million years, and I certainly don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The important piece of this is moderation. If you choose to drink, try limiting consumption to guidelines and skipping that third beer… maybe even try a cannabis oil cookie instead.

Sources: David Wolfe, Liver Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Medical Daily, RC Psych, Drug Free World, National Institute of Mental Health, Live Science


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