Sometimes it’s, well, sobering to read about the toll alcohol can take on you physically and mentally.
It’s easy to say to yourself – oh, you mean drinking alcohol like a big vodka bottle in hand, sitting on the park bench kind of consumption. Oh that’s not me at all! I’m a dainty drinker (so I’d say to me 🙂
But we’re talking more than two drinks a night. And we’re not talking big drinks – we’re talking ‘standard drink’ sizes. If you are — or were — a wine drinker like me, you too may have always used a nice big globe-shaped glass for drinking. A ‘standard’ drink of wine is considered 100ml/5oz. I was probably having 400ml PER drink. And more than two glasses.
A recent Daily Mail article listed out the effects of alcohol over time (and not that long a time by the way) – especially when you are consistently more than 14 units a week (more than two drinks a night):
Alcohol can cause:
- It is a depressant and it can aggravate anxiety and depression
- It can cause brain damage or a type of dementia known as Korsakoff’s syndrome. Especially when coupled with a diet low in Vitamins B1 and B12,
- It can cause permanent damage to sight
- It’s a carcinogen, a substance that causes cancer in the body. Regular drinking can lead to an increased risk of cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box.
- Skin problems that range from facial flushing through to inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea (a condition that causes redness on the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead).
- Increases the risk of breast cancer; there’s a significantly elevated risk from having one or two drinks a day.
- Increases the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and heart failure.
- Irritates the stomach lining which can lead to nausea, vomiting and sometimes diarrhoea. ‘Alcoholic gastritis’ (inflammation and ulceration of the stomach) is a common result, and can have severe and fatal outcomes.
- Can cause fatty liver, a condition which can affect how this organ functions. An inflamed liver can lead to alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis (permanent liver scarring).