In the United States alone, there are estimatedly 89,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) reported yearly from 2006 to 2010 due to alcohol poisoning, hacking off an average of 30 years on the lives of those who died.
Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.
Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections, even up to 24 hours after ingesting alchochol.
However, the amount of alcohol that a person can drink safely is highly individual, depending on genetics, age, sex, weight and family history, etc. A drink is considered to be:
4-5 ounces of wine
10 ounces of wine cooler
12 ounces of beer
1-1/4 ounces of distilled liquor (80 proof whiskey, vodka, scotch, or rum)
Drinking too much on a single occasion or over time, can take a serious toll on your health. Here are some ways that alcohol can negatively affect your body:
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:
– Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
– Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
– High blood pressure
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:
Alcohol dehydrates your body and this includes the skin, otherwise known as your body’s largest organ, and this happens every time you drink. Drinking too much will also deprive the skin of vital vitamins & nutrients.
Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin, such as Rosacea which is a skin disorder that starts with a tendency to blush and flush easily and can eventually lead to facial disfigurement.