For the average regular drinker where addiction is not a problem, continued drinking may have some health, social and psychological benefits. However, each of these seeming benefits can be achieved by other means, so if it looks like the benefits of regular alcohol consumption are balanced or outweighed by negative consequences, it is appropriate to reduce or stop drinking entirely at least for a trial period of time. If you find it especially difficult to stop, alcohol use may be more of a problem than you had thought.
For alcoholics, complete abstinence is a requirement.
Many alcoholics who seek treatment find success and they learn to abstain totally from alcohol. However, the majority – as many as 90% – relapse at least once during the four years following treatment and some 50% relapse within the first few months. Sometimes a relapse is a necessary part of finding out that they can not just enjoy an occasional drink. Subsequent treatment attempts may or may not prove successful.
Atrial fibrillation can be caused by alcohol.
Many doctors suggest that individuals with cardiomyopathy abstain from alcohol consumption. People with alcohol-induced cardiomyopathy who avoid alcohol may regain their health.
Limit your intake of alcohol, fruit juice and caffeinated drinks e.g. soft drinks. These cause abrupt blood-sugar highs followed by troublesome blood-sugar lows, leaving you starved for energy.
Avoid or limit alcohol.
Alcohol is definitely harmful for the baby, no matter how much is consumed, especially during the first three months when the baby is forming. There is also a definite correlation between the amount of alcohol drunk during pregnancy and the severity of the symptoms, and also a link with the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Evidence shows that even pregnant mothers who only drink in moderation have a greater chance of miscarriage and low birth weight babies than those who do not.
Numerous studies have also shown that heavy drinking is extremely damaging for the baby and has the potential to lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. Such babies have low birth weight, with a smaller head circumference and mental retardation is often present. Some affected babies have malformed faces and congenital heart defects.
The current recommendation from doctors and health experts is that pregnant women should not drink at all. If the urge is too strong, one standard drink is the absolute maximum. However, in the first few weeks of pregnancy, it is difficult to know that you are pregnant and this is a particularly crucial stage for the formation of the baby. So, if you suspect that you are pregnant, or are planning to conceive, you should stay away from alcohol. The risk of miscarriage doubles with more than two drinks per day.
Alcohol consumption can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.
Drinking alcohol can cause blood sugar to drop in some sensitive individuals. Hypoglycemia has been well documented in chronic alcoholics and binge drinkers.
The active ingredient in alcoholic drinks is ethyl alcohol, which is rapidly absorbed into the blood. Once it reaches the brain and inner ear, it dissolves into the inner ear membrane and makes it 'leaky', allowing various minerals and salts to pass in or out, possibly triggering an attack of Meniere's Disease. Ethanol can also interfere with the metabolism of drugs used to treat Meniere's Disease, causing harmful levels to build up. Chronic alcohol use can also permanently injure the brain, eyes, and peripheral nerves, all of which are necessary for proper balance.
Alcohol is toxic to the cells that form bones and inhibits the absorption of calcium.
In all cases, regardless of cause, following a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol are essential because the body needs all the nutrients it can get.
Acetaldehyde, a metabolic breakdown product of alcohol, is said to destroy vitamins B1, B6 and C. Even though supplements of these nutrients, together with the amino acid cysteine, may help the liver detoxify acetaldehyde, it would be wiser to avoid alcohol, its primary source.
Opinions vary on this subject but, generally speaking, patients may be advised to drink alcohol only moderately. Heavy drinking is injurious to the kidneys and may actually worsen IgAN.
A "moderate" diet is best in coping with psoriasis, without an excess of rich, fatty, starchy or spicy foods, or alcohol.
Alcohol is useful for relaxation but unfortunately it also relaxes the throat muscles and provokes snoring and obstructive apneas. Alcohol or sedative use near bedtime may thus further depress breathing mechanisms.
Avoid alcohol and sedatives before bedtime.
All carcinoid patients should avoid alcoholic beverages since these can precipitate carcinoid crisis attacks.
Alcohol drinking is an established risk factor for several malignancies. In 2012, an estimated 5.5% of all new cancer occurrences and 5.8% of all cancer deaths worldwide were due to alcohol [Int J Cancer 138:pp13807, 2016]. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) believes that minimizing excessive exposure to alcohol plays an important role in cancer prevention.
Avoiding alcoholic beverages may help reduce symptom frequency.
The only sure-fire method of prevention is the obvious – abstinence!
Reducing alcohol intake will reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
Since the original recommendation regarding alcohol was published, researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that even 3 drinks a week put women at increased risk for breast cancer. Women who had one or more drinks a day were found to be at 60% higher risk than women who did not drink.
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