It can become confusing with all the contradictory research findings over the health aspects of alcohol consumption.
We are bombarded by statements of red wine being good for the heart and in others alcohol is especially bad for women as it increases the risks of getting breast cancer.
Let’s take a look at the positives and negatives that alcohol can have on your health.
Positive Aspects of Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol has been hyped by many for the health benefits it offers. Here’s a few of them:
A standard drink is:
Negative Aspects of Drinking Alcohol
The World Health Organization says alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death and disability in the world. A new WHO report says the harmful use of alcohol kills two and a half million people a year.
Alcohol can have intoxicating, toxic and addictive properties when it is drunk in excess. It damages your health and it also can have social repercussions.
Excessive and chronic alcohol use has been associated with damage to major organs and some cancers. It may be defined as consuming an average of more than two drinks per day for men and more than one drink per day for women.
Below is a list of some of the negative aspects of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol:
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !