The Good and Bad Side Effects of Alcohol


When it comes to drinking alcohol there can be positives and negatives. Drinking in moderation should not cause you any serious problems as long as you do not drink too much. Recent evidence has revealed that drinking red wine can help to increase the HDL, which is the good cholesterol. Drinking alcohol also has the benefit of making us relax and in social situations people who are shy can feel more confidence and less nervous.

Drinking too much alcohol can have many negative health implications on the body. There are immediate side effects and there are long term side effects. The immediate side effects are impaired vision, slurred speech, and loss of co-regulation. Alcohol can also make you fat as it contains lots of calories. It also affects the brain by killing the brain cells. Long term effects of drinking can affect the liver. This vital organs role is to remove toxins from the body. Alcohol is actually a poison and during the process of the liver processing it a substance called acetaldehyde is produced. This product is very toxic to the body. Over time the consumption of alcohol can lead to liver disease or as it is known cirrhosis of the liver.

Heavy drinking can also disrupt your sleep. If you have been drinking a lot the initial effects of the alcohol will make you feel drowsy and sleep. However, within a few hours the effects of the alcohol will make them wake up. When you drink too much alcohol a dreaded effect that commonly experienced is what is called the hangover. This can be caused by a number of factors. However, it usually means waking up the next morning with a throbbing headache, a feeling of drowsiness and a very dry mouth. This feeling can last for a number of hours until the symptoms subside. These symptoms can be relieved by eating fruit or by drinking black coffee. The dry mouth is also an indication that the body is dehydrated. Therefore, it is advisable to drink plenty of water after a hangover to re-hydrate the body again.