Alcohol Consumption: A Health Risk or Health Booster?

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According to many studies, moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease in both women and men. One drink per day for women and two for men is moderate drinking according to the studies. The size of the drink matters a lot when you say one drink. U.S. Department of Agriculture says that one drink is equal to 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer and 1 and half ounces of hard liquors.

The risks of drinking too much

Some people just can stop themselves for only one or two drinks. Major and serious health consequences are experienced because of too much alcohol consumption. Heavy alcohol consumption can harm liver, resulting in cirrhosis, a life threatening disease. Too much alcohol intake can also increase blood pressure, damage your heart and is connected to many types of cancers, including prostate, breast, esophagus, mouth and colorectal cancers. These risks are even more for people who also smoke along with drinking.

The result of too much alcohol consumption can be very serious sometimes, it can not only harm the person who is alcoholic, but also the people who are connected to alcoholic. More than 16,000 people die every year in accidents because of drunken driving, according to National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Other information shows that one in every crime involves alcoholism. Often alcohol is considered as a depressant, it doesn’t make people happy, in fact is makes them sad over time. People tend to do harm themselves and their loved ones when depressed.

Alcohol Abuse and Signs of it

How to know if someone has a drinking problem? CAGE test is often used by the physicians, this test involves four queries and they are guilty feeling, cutting down on consumption and getting annoyed when someone criticize about alcoholism.

Rules of Moderation

Drinking not more than one drink in a day for women and two drinks per day for men is considered safe, and is also good for heart. On the other hand, too much alcohol consumption can result in serious problems. You should look for professional help if you think you or your loved one does have a drinking problem.

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