Here are 10 cool facts you need to know about alcohol consumption.
According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, “safe” drinking for women is limited to 1 drink per day and 2 drinks per day for men.
- There are no significant differences between someone who drinks ‘safely’ and someone who never drinks. In some cases, there’s strong evidence to suggest that moderate wine consumption could actually benefit the heart.
- People tend to handle and control the amount of alcohol consumption differently. When you stay within the healthy drinking limits, you are at a low risk for alcohol-related health problems down the line.
- Heavy drinking is more pronounced among young people who tend to go on competitive binges. Young people are advised not to go beyond five drinks for men and four for women within two hours.
- Alcohol slows down the pace of the neurotransmitters in your brain that are critical for proper body responses and even moods.
- Heavy drinking increases the incidence of sexual assault, violence and self-harm.
- Drinking too much alcohol can also increase your risk for certain cancers like mouth and breast. Regular heavy drinking also increases the risk for some alcohol dependence.
- Regular binge drinking can damage the frontal cortex and areas of the brain involved in executive functions and decision making.
- Long term drinking can also hurt your heart muscles making them unable to contract properly. It can also harm liver, pancreas and immune system function. Heavy drinking can prevent the protective white blood cells in your body to attack bacterial invaders like they’re supposed to.
- Abstaining from alcohol over several months to a year may allow structural brain changes to partially correct. Abstinence also can help reverse negative effects on thinking skills, including problem solving, memory, and attention.
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