Alcohol has mainly gone uncriticized by both the mainstream media and drug-prevention organizations. This is probably due to the tremendous popularity and long-standing history of alcohol use in nearly every western culture worldwide.
The effect of alcohol on your body begins from the instant you take your first sip. While an occasional glass of wine with dinner isn't something to be worried about, the combined effects of drinking wine, beer, or spirits can take its toll.
A glass a day may do little harm to your overall health. But if the habit develops or if you find yourself having a hard time stopping after just one glass, the cumulative effects can add up.
Below are the 10 ways in which alcohol can be harmful to your health.
One of the effects of the use of alcohol is its diuretic impact. This means that it promotes urination which can increase your risk of dehydrating. Severe dehydration can cause a range of secondary health issues, such as high blood pressure and reduced brain functioning.
If you’re a regular imbiber, make sure to replenish all lost fluids, and to eat healthy foods rich in antioxidants that can help flush out unwanted alcohol toxins. As for the prescribed intake, it varies wildly from person to person depending on their activity level, objectives and other health parameters.