Alcohol Awareness Month: The Positive And Negative Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol Awareness Month: The Positive And Negative Effects Of Alcohol

The month of April is dedicated to alcohol awareness involving alcoholism and recovery. Many might not know that alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that can spiral out of control if not treated correctly. While alcohol is often associated with its dark side, a few drinks here and there has actually proven to have health benefits.

So here’s a rundown on alcohol and how it can affect your body.

The Cons

The latest number from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reveal that one and three people become addicted to alcohol in their life time and less than 25% of them seek treatment. The harmful effects of alcohol are associated with excessive, or binge, drinking.

Alcohol is harmful to your liver and an over excess of booze can increase blood pressure. Binge drinking can cause damage to your heart, increasing your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Studies have shown that alcohol has been linked to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus and colon, as well as some breast cancer.

The Pros

Moderately drinking can help people avoid the dangers of alcohol.  The guide for ‘moderate’ is about 355mL of beer, 148mL of wine, 25mL (roughly a shot) of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor. By drinking moderately you can lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, and reduce blood problems that can lead to clogged arteries.

Research has shown that alcohol has been linked to preventing cognitive decline. By drinking moderately, your body can actually shed pounds instead of gaining them by binge drinking.  Moderately drinking can also prevent gallstones and reduce the risk of diabetes.

So is drinking alcohol good or bad for you?

Moderately drinking can have a few health benefits, but overdrinking can be detrimental to your health. We hope this will help you become more aware of how much alcohol is too much and how to prevent an alcohol addiction! Be sure to share your knowledge during the month of April for Alcohol Awareness Month.