Alcohol has a rather harsh treatment from various religions due to their harmful effects, such as the Catholics, Muslims, and the Buddhists. However, there are still a couple of religions that allow alcohol and take it as part of their rituals. According to latest surveys, 35% American adults don’t drink alcohol while moderate drinkers amount to 55%. Those who fall into the heavy drinkers are 10%.
On the flip side, drinking alcohol can also be seen as a form of social action to connect with strangers, business partners, friends, college buddies and give more flavors to celebrations and parties. Alcohol gets used in science for sterilizing. However, too much alcohol in our body is bad, according to health experts.
People with the cardiovascular disease get helped with small amounts of drinking alcohol at regular intervals, according to most researchers. Cardiovascular disease is a feared fatal disease in the world today, and it could cause more deaths if people stopped drinking alcohol. Other disorders and diseases that alcohol could reduce are gallstones, diabetes (type 2), dementia and peripheral artery disease. This is because alcohol acts as an internal antiseptic for the body.
However, alcohol is expensive, and as it can cause fatalities and even mental problems due to excessive addiction, it is not advised to keep drinking all the time, especially for premenopausal women who aren’t really at risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Here are a few basic things you might want to know about drinking alcohol…
- How does alcohol protect the heart?
Because it acts as an antiseptic, it stabilizes the blood and reduces blood clotting in our bodies. It also gives us good cholesterol or HDL that takes down the bad cholesterol.
- For heart health, is it best to drink every day?
Drinking moderately is tricky. But according to research, there isn’t a standard routine to consume alcohol regularly. Although, regularly eating while drinking is okay, since alcohol can even aid your digestion and easily burn fat and other unnecessary toxins. Therefore, it’s recommended to only intake alcohol if you’re eating regularly or provided that you have daily physical routines.
- What’s a standard drink?
U.S. standards define an alcohol drink containing 14 g of alcohol or ethanol, being made up of 5 oz (wine), 12 oz (beer) or 1.5 oz (liquor). If you go to restaurants and bars, you’ll find drinks with higher alcohol amount.
Binge drinking, or heavy drinking, is drinking heavily on the weekend after abstaining for the weekdays. This is not a healthy practice since it takes its toll on your liver and internal organs. Try to drink moderately at regular intervals.
- Does moderate drinking pose health risks?
Too much alcohol in your bloodstream can provoke a lot of bad side effects, including liver and heart diseases, different types of cancers, osteoporosis, hypertension and loss of control when driving, could lead to fatal accidents. Cancer is at an even higher risk when alcoholism gets combined with heavy smoking. Children and pregnant women should not drink because alcohol has bad effects for them. People with medical conditions or conflicting medications should also not intake alcohol.
In fact, our lifespan is shortened by 18 years on the average if we keep drinking alcohol that eventually leads to cancer.