Alcohol and your Heart; how much Alcohol is moderate?

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?
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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?

According to WebMd, Moderate drinking — no more than 1 drink a day for women and 2 for men — appears to protect some people against heart disease.

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.
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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.
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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.
Please kindly leave your views and comments on this topic, I appreciate.
I love to know that you visited, thanks for your patronage, stay healthy. Your Friendly internet neigbourhood,
Victor

9 Comments Add yours

  1. I do not drink alcohol at home. I am afraid that ‘normal’ occasional alcohol consumption can easily turn into an everyday habit, then into an addiction. It is truth that a glass of wine is pleasant at the end of the day but I think that we should find other relaxation methods to avoid addiction yet feel good. I know that it is far easier to find your balance by drinking a glass of beer, but we should bother finding other solutions.

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    1. Wow, that’s a great contribution. I personally almost always have a bottle or two of wine, white wine, red wine, fruit wine but they can stay in the refrigerator for a long time and if I open it, it’s a glass or two once in a while, respectfully and proudly I can say I have strong control over it even when with friends, they even know it’s gonna take special pressure to push me beyond a glass or two of wine an beer is a no-go-area for me.

      I really agree with you, there are other ways to feel better and everyone should find out for themselves avoid the addition along the line. Thanks a lot for your contribution.

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  2. Thanks for this post. It’s very exclusive!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, you are welcome Sir

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      1. Alright sir! Do have a nice day!

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  3. Even I learned from other experts that the percentage of alcohol that we need is already present in our body. Even, if it’s not enough, I think we can get that from our meals if we eat a balanced diet. Am I right?

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  4. God is so great, He put everything right in our body and even in nature the help we need in case there is malfunction in the body.
    Just that sometimes we put the body under stress and need some help to make up for it. Nonetheless and all things being equal, that information is right, our systems and food we eat, in some way makes up for the normal alcohol content of the body. That is why a normal healthy human can do well without them in normal circumstances. Yes. Thanks for taking your time to read. I really appreciate

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  5. Christy B says:

    I’m surprise that “moderate” drinking for women is defined as one drink per day as I thought it would have been less! The topic of this post is important

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    1. This topic as I know will forever remain controversial. As a matter of fact, different alcoholic drinks and beverages contain different percentages of alcohol so in my opinion it should be relative, so let’s just say that’s an average for moderate drinking. I hope it makes sense.

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