The Effects Of Excessive Alcohol On The Body

The festive season is upon us and soon family and friends will be coming together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and also successfully seeing off another year

Those who have had a successful year would drink in merry of a successful year and those who have not had it so easy will drown their sorrows with the bottle

One thing is constant in this, weather it is good news or bad news the liquor is always that friend by our sides in good and in bad

But we should not be so embracing of such a friend especially when it constant figures in our lives to the point where we risk being excessive

Our religions condemn it but like we say, the spirit is willing but the body is weak and to this point we would like to point out the effects of excessive alcohol on the body and why if it is taken it must be taken in moderation

Alcohol’s effect on the body starts the moment it is sipped and continues to accumulate with its continuous intake, one of such effect is it weakens the immune system. Excessive intake of a long period can jeopardize the immune system making the body a much easier target for viruses and diseases

Continuous excessive intake of alcohol can cause cancer according to research. According to the National cancer institute, “There is a strong scientific consensus that alcohol drinking can cause several types of cancer. In its Report on Carcinogens, the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen”

“The evidence indicates that the more alcohol a person drinks, particularly the more alcohol a person drinks regularly over time, the higher his or her risk of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. Even those who have no more than one drink per day and people who binge drink (those who consume 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men in one sitting) have a modestly increased risk of some cancers. Based on data from 2009, an estimated 3.5% of cancer deaths in the United States (about 19,500 deaths were alcohol related.”

A much more common effect alcohol is known to have on the body is it interferes with brain function. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways affecting one’s coordination, speech and awareness

Excessive alcohol intake puts one at risk of suffering from liver damage. The liver is responsible for eliminating toxic substances from the body including alcohol. Excessive alcohol intake means the liver would have to work much harder and continuously to rid the blood of any traces of alcohol which puts a lot of burden on it and could lead to liver problems

This and many more are the effects excessive alcohol intake has on the body and why we should exercise restriction in our intake during this festive season and beyond that

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