Alcohol and Your Health
For quite some time now, we have heard claims that alcohol can be good for your health, especially for the heart. These claims are not certain and are based on moderate alcohol consumption. According to the Mayo Clinic, even moderate drinking is not risk free.
Moderate alcohol consumption for healthy adults means:
- Up to one drink per day for women
- No more than one drink per day for men older than 65
- Up to 2 drinks per day for men 65 and younger
The National Institutes of Health were attempting to determine whether a daily cocktail can protect against heart attack or stroke. However, the $100 million study was shut down last week after an investigation determined the trial was tainted.
Heavy Alcohol Consumption
Drinking more than three drinks per day for women or four drinks per day for men is considered heavy. In fact, Binge drinking is drinking four drinks within 2 hours for women and five drinks for men. There is NO medical benefit to heavy or binge drinking. Rather, heavy alcohol consumption can increase risks of serious health problems.
The ten most common effects of heaving drinking are:
- Liver disease
- Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
- Immune system dysfunction
- Brain damage
- Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies
- Heart disease and cardiovascular health
- Accidents and injuries
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than 80,000 people die from alcohol-related deaths each year in the US. Also, alcohol continues to be one of the nation’s most preventable causes of death.
Alcohol Abuse Warning Signs
Social messages about alcohol are confusing. Therefore, Billboards, bars, pretty much any form of alcohol product advertising sends a message that life is more fun, more vibrant, more … with alcohol.
The exaggeration and underlying social messages about alcohol lead to disappointment, disorder and dysregulation because not everyone is made for moderation. If you are worried that you or someone you love is abusing alcohol, look for the warning signs and call D’Amore Healthcare. Also, we will help you sort things out. It’s never too late to create healthy habits. You can set the pace!
D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis and substance abuse addiction treatment center in Orange County, CA.
We provide information and treatment for people dealing with the life-shattering cycle of mental illness, substance abuse and addiction.
If someone needs immediate help, call 24-hours a day at 714.375.1110 or contact us online.