01/6Alcohol is harming you
There are several studies out there that claim certain health benefits of alcohol, especially wine, motivating you in a way, to go ahead and have that “relaxing” drink at the end of the day. However, despite certain benefits that might be there, the harmful impact of alcohol outweighs that of these benefits.
A 2023 review article published in JAMA analyzed results from 107 cohort studies. The researchers found that consuming moderate amounts of alcohol does not protect against mortality. Further, according to the CDC, daily consumption of as little as one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men can increase the risk of cancer. Here are some negative outcomes of what happens to your body when you drink alcohol every day:
02/6Your sleep quality will decrease
You may feel you are able to unwind, relax and doze off after having a drink or two. However, the sleep you experience after drinking alcohol may be of poor quality. A study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition in 2020 found that people with higher alcohol consumption had increased chances of experiencing short sleep duration, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea.
03/6Your brain volume may shrink
Your brain is also negatively affected by daily alcohol consumption. According to a 2022 research published in the journal Nature Communications, consuming just one alcoholic drink daily could be associated with changes in gray and white matter volume in the brain. Further, those who consumed more alcohol daily showed larger decreases in brain matter volume.
04/6Disruption in mood
Many people drink alcohol to feel ‘lighter’ and ‘jolly.’ However, alcohol actually disrupts your mood. Initially, you may feel more confident and relaxed after having a drink. However, as soon as alcohol is metabolized, the chemical changes that occur in your body can lead to irritability, anxiety, depression, or anger.
05/6Your immunity is affected
Consuming alcohol daily can negatively impact your ability to fight infections. Alcohol can damage the lining of the GI tract, leading to a leaky gut which can trigger inflammation throughout the body. By altering the positive bacteria in the gut and damaging immune cells in the GI tract, alcohol consumption can affect your immune system.
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06/6You could gain weight
Alcohol contains empty calories, which means it is high on calories with zero nutritional value. 1 gram of alcohol equals seven calories. Most glasses of wine contain roughly 120 calories and consuming alcohol on a daily basis will increase your chances of weight gain.
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