25 Shocking Ways Research Says Drinking Alcohol Can Damage Your Health…

I heard drinking one drink a day wasn’t that bad for you. Yet, I found out a few ‘shocking’ facts I want to share…

Research shows alcohol damages or kills all tissue. Why would alcohol just attack your liver? It travels through our bloodstream, everywhere.

When alcohol leaves the capillaries it then enters our tissues doing its damage. This includes our brain…

‘I didn’t realize how dangerous drinking any alcohol was’

I think the health risks of over consuming alcohol is no surprise. Yet, many of us drink anyway. I discovered sobering research that may change the way you look at drinking alcohol. It made me ‘think again’.

‘There is a strong scientific consensus that alcohol drinking can cause several types of cancer [1]’.

We don’t want to lose our liver. There is a strong connection between drinking alcohol and liver cancer. No drinker believes he drinks enough to cause liver cancer.

‘In general, these studies have found that stopping alcohol consumption is not associated with immediate reductions in cancer risk. The cancer risks eventually decline, although it may take years for the risks of cancer to return to those of never drinkers [2]’.

So, even if you stop drinking alcohol now, you still might get some form of cancer. You have heard that drinking red wine is healthy. If the wine is not organic, there could be pesticide residue. Additionally, you can get polyphenols eating red and purple grapes without the alcohol. Here’s something I didn’t know. Red wine is associated with increased risk of getting prostate cancer and/or colorectal cancer [3]. Sure don’t want either of those.

‘Some professional health sources may say drinking one beer, a glass of wine or a shot of hard liquor daily is OK’

Cancers drinking may bring…

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Liver cancer (cirrhosis)
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung disease (chronic inflammatory)
  • Weakened Immune system (suppression of protectiveness)
  • Wound healing
  • Increases triglycerides
  • Cardiovascular health (stroke)
  • Produces a toxic molecule called Acetaldehyde
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Loss of bone density
  • Memory impairment (and other negative effects on brain chemicals)
  • Hormonal imbalances (decreases testosterone. Beer is the worst, increasing estrogen levels)
  • Sleep disruption
  • Weight gain
  • Accelerates the aging process of your entire body
  • Slows muscle gain
  • Increases insulin
  • Bad for thyroid
  • Irritates the gut
  • Causes inflammation
  • Red wine does not have organic grapes (pesticides)
  • No best alcohol to drink except for none at all

‘Numerous studies have examined whether there is an association between alcohol consumption and the risk of other cancers. For cancers of the ovary, prostate, stomach, uterus, and bladder, either no association with alcohol use has been found or the evidence for an association is inconsistent. However, evidence is accumulating that alcohol consumption is associated with increased risks of melanoma and of prostate and pancreatic cancers [4]’.

I have done my fair share of drinking booze in my younger years, and I’m surprised I survived. I wasn’t aware of the extent of damage alcohol does.

‘Epidemiologic research shows that people who use both alcohol and tobacco have much greater risks of developing cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx (throat), larynx, and esophagus than people who use either alcohol or tobacco alone [5]’.

Alcohol causes nutrient absorption problems. For example, nutrient assimilation from food may be reduced because digestive enzymes secreted from the pancreas are reduced [6].

‘The information on this post is why I limit how much I drink’

Source- 1-5 “Alcohol and Cancer Risk Fact Sheet.” National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet.

6 “Alcohol and Nutrition – Alcohol Alert No. 22- 1993.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa22.htm.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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