This, over the years have been a talk for men, because most men see drinking as part of being a man, but unfortunately, it has gone wider and wilder than that, women and teenagers now fall into the category of people to consider information like this, so let’s get into it right away.
Is drinking alcohol good for your heart?
Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease. How?
Moderate alcohol use can increase your HDL (High Density Lipoprotein known as “good” cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and reduce risk of blood clots. Benefits exclusive to red wine may be a myth: Consuming moderate amounts of other alcoholic drinks appears to have the same heart-healthy perks.
The question then is how much is moderate alcohol?
One drink is 12 ounces of beer or wine cooler, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.
Recently doctors would advice adults with heart issues to consume very little amounts of alcohol especially red wine, but this advice has been abused beyond consideration by a huge percentage of the population hence, other alternatives are used leaving out alcohol therapy. This is so because of the fact that excessive consumption has no good side.
Regular or high alcohol use can hurt your heart and lead to diseases of the heart muscle, called cardiomyopathy. Drinking alcohol regularly can increase your blood pressure. Binge drinking can cause irregular heart rhythms called arrhythmias.
Let’s present this another way
It causes cardiomyopathy, which is the stretching and drooping of heart muscle. It causes myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle, and it also causes arrhythmia, which is irregular heartbeat. When alcohol is consumed, it raises blood pressure and blood lipids (fats).
This fat can cause occlusion in the blood vessels and possible heart itself, making the pathways for blood, narrower hence increased pressure (hypertension) as a compensatory mechanism to supply the body and organs with sufficient blood but this then turns out the be hazardous.
The fat occlusion becomes fatty streaks also leads to what is known Atheroslcerosis among the top killer diseases.
The effects of hypertension have not yet been described completely. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke by damaging and weakening your brain’s blood vessels, causing them to narrow, rupture or leak. High blood pressure can also cause blood clots to form in the arteries leading to your brain, blocking blood flow and potentially causing a stroke. Dementia. To avoid a long list of possible occurrences due to high blood pressure, I will stop here.
High alcohol consumption causes a lot of effects on other organs including the brain, liver, lungs, kidney etc but stay tuned for that on upcoming articles.
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