Although it’s great to kick back and drink a beer or two every now and then, you might be wondering – it can’t be all that bad, or can it? Unfortunately, it can. A single sip of alcohol – regardless of whether it’s beer, wine, or whisky, could stay in your body for about 2 hours. And once it enters your bloodstream, alcohol has the power to affect every organ and system in your body. Can you imagine what constant drinking could do to your body?
Today, Evolve Daily reveals What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Alcohol:
What it does to your brain:
In this study, alcohol consumption showed significant slower time in cognitive tests and demonstrated significant detrimental effects in reaction time. In short, alcohol affects the way your brain works and interferes with its communication pathways. These disruptions explain why you’re more likely to break out in anger under the influence and make it more difficult for you to think clearly and move with coordination.
What it does to your heart:
Although some research shows that a moderate amount of alcohol could protect adults from developing heart disease, a recent study shows that these effects could only benefit 15% of the population with a certain genetic profile affecting HDL levels. This means: this theory doesn’t work for everyone. By keeping your consumption to a minimum, you could avoid serious heart problems such as cardiomyopathy (stretching and drooping of heart muscle), arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), stroke, and high blood pressure.
What it does to your muscles:
Working out and drinking do not mix, especially if you’re looking to build muscle. In this study, a direct correlation between alcohol consumption and muscle hypertrophy was found. Alcohol was found to affect the hormonal and inflammatory responses to exercise, making it difficult for the body to repair damaged proteins and build new ones, which are essential for muscle building.
What it does to your skin:
Does puffy, red skin sound like your cup of tea? Didn’t think so. When you drink alcohol, your blood vessels dilate, making them more prone to breakage. If you’ve been wondering what causes red eyes when you drink, here’s your answer. Alcohol widens arteries and veins as your heart pumps more fluid into surrounding tissues to balance them out. If you want better skin, skip the alcohol!
What it does to your stomach:
If you aren’t willing to lose your regular drinking habits then you should be willing to lose that six-pack (or the beginnings of a six-pack) too. Not only does alcohol cause a bloated stomach, it also irritates it, increases acidity and causes heartburn. What’s worse is that it could also increase gut permeability, allowing harmful toxins and bacteria to leak from your digestive system into your bloodstream.
Although it may be OK to indulge every once in awhile, you need to keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum. As with all things, everything in moderation – you don’t want a cause for regret! So tell us, how are you planning to keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum?