There are a number of different messages that exist out there telling people that alcohol is beneficial to their health. For this reason, many people drink on a daily basis just to find a way to improve their overall health.
Unfortunately, the mixed messages of alcohol being good or bad have led many to make decisions that didn’t always come out to the best of their favor.
Here, we will give you the top three reasons why alcohol isn’t so wonderful for either you or your ability to have a healthy life.
- Alcohol has a powerful and negative effect on your mental state. Alcohol has a main ingredient known as “ethanol” that reduces self-consciousness and inhibitions. While doing so, this ingredient has the ability to impair judgment which often leads to a person making a decision that he or she later regrets. Although most individuals feel that they have the power to drive, talk, or any other task that they perform on a daily basis, they are misinformed and lack the understanding that their consciousness has been hindered by a ‘drug’ that alters their mental state. According to medical experts, ethanol reduces communication between brain cells, which often leads to memory loss or amnesia. Chronic alcohol abuse may increase these temporary effects and lead to a permanent change in the brain.
- Alcohol often leads to liver disease. Although alcohol has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and other ailing diseases, there is one organ in your body that will suffer first: the liver. Your liver is an important organ because it neutralizes any toxic substance that you might consume. When you over-consume alcohol your risk of acquiring fat inside your liver grows, the first step toward liver disease. Fatty liver develops in over 90% of those who drink more than ½ ounce of alcohol per day and is usually undetectable. According to the experts, worst-case scenarios include the death of liver cells which are replaced by scar tissue—all of which lead to a serious condition known as cirrhosis. Unfortunately, cirrhosis is not only irreversible, but it is also associated with many serious health concerns.
- Depression is directly linked to alcohol. Most people believe that consuming alcohol will help them to deal with their anxiety or depression. Unfortunately, they are unaware that depression is directly linked to alcohol and its effects on the brain. Taking alcohol to numb feelings of depression only provides a temporary illusion that everything is alright. The unfortunate reality is that the moment the alcohol wears off, the person is left alone to realize that the initial issue causing the depression is still there. By using alcohol to deal with the realities that you face, you will not only dig a deeper hole of inner turmoil but you will also hinder your body’s ability to produce the endorphins needed to help you feel happier. Alcohol hinders your body’s ability to produce hormones, which in turn hinders your ability to escape depression.
Alcohol is not only dangerous to your health, but it is also dangerous to your mental wellbeing. Consuming alcohol for the purpose of ‘feeling better’ is not only misleading but it is also a concept that has grave consequences.
Do yourself a favor and take the time to fully understand the negative effects of alcohol on your body prior to giving in to the concept that alcohol has a beneficial use. In the end, you will be glad that you did.