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Health Effects of Alcohol Consumption by primusboy


									Health Effects of Alcohol Consumption
Long-term effects-If you are regular having high amount of alcohol intake
it may increase the risk of liver diseases and cancer. Regular having
more than two drinks a day may increases the risk of developing
alcoholism, alcoholic liver disease, and some forms of cancer. Having
between one to two alcoholic drinks a day has been shown to have positive
effects on health, unless contraindicated, chiefly because of its
cardiovascular effects.
Short-term effects- Alcohol supplies some effects on body that shows in
very short period of time. Alcohol, specifically ethanol, is a potent
central nervous system depressant with a range of side effects. The
amount and circumstances of consumption play a large part in determining
the extent of intoxication and for example, if you consume alcohol after
a heavy meal is less likely to produce visible signs of intoxication than
consumption on an empty stomach. Hydration also plays a role, especially
in determining the extent of hangovers
How alcohol travels- Alcohol is metabolized extremely quickly by the
body. Unlike foods, which require time for digestion, alcohol needs no
digestion and is quickly absorbed. About 20 percent is absorbed directly
across the walls of an empty stomach and can reach the brain within one
minute. Once alcohol reaches the stomach, it begins to break down with
the alcohol dehydrogenate enzyme. This process reduces the amount of
alcohol entering the blood by approximately 20%. In addition, about 10%
of the alcohol is expelled in the breath and urine.
Alcohol and pregnancy-Women that drink heavily during pregnancy are at
risk of having babies with a condition called fetal alcohol syndrome.
This can result in growth deficiencies, nervous system problems, lowered
intelligence, and facial abnormalities in the child. It is also called
fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and all the symptoms are not always
present and can vary in how serious they are.
Health affects of alcohol consumption-Taking alcohol in regular manner
affects very badly on health. Several recent studies have examined the
health effects of alcohol and for many people, moderate consumption
appears beneficial. The largest study to date to look at the relationship
between alcohol consumption and mortality found that those who drank one
drink a day had a 20% lower death rate from all causes compared to
nondrinkers. For deaths due just too cardiovascular diseases, the death
rates were 30-40% lower for those reporting at least one drink daily
compared to nondrinkers.
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