The Health Effects of Casual Drinking


shutterstock_357011192The human body can only process a small amount of alcohol at one time. When you drink a large amount of alcohol on a daily basis, it causes your body to work harder than is healthy. Casual drinking is when a person drinks only 1 or 2 drinks a day, then binge drinks every once in awhile. Although casual drinking is healthier than constant heavy alcohol use, it still has side effects. In addition, causal drinking can affect your life and cause many dangers, and it is not something to be taken lightly.

Dehydration is the main cause of what’s called ‘hangover headaches’. These headaches appear because lack of water in the body causes both the body and brain to work slower and less efficiently. In addition, casual drinking can cause heart problems. The constant intake of alcohol into the body affects the blood vessels and functioning of the heart. It can lead to heart attacks, especially in diabetics and casual drinkers.

In addition to dehydration and heart problems, casual drinking can cause diabetes. If you are a casual drinker, you have a higher risk of getting fatty liver disease. This can increase the risk for acquiring type-2 diabetes. The regular consumption of alcohol causes low blood sugar levels, which in turn can sometimes lead to kidney damage or even heart disease. If you have diabetes, causal drinking of alcohol makes it harder to manage your insulin levels.

All of the symptoms and effects of casual drinking are connected. Because of the possibly low blood sugar, heart disease, and depression, casual drinkers may often find that they are gaining weight quicker than their non-alcoholic friends. On top of that, casual drinkers cannot absorb nutrients as well as people who do not drink, and this often results in nutritional deficiencies. Nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, vitamin D, and folate are harder for the body to process and use. Casual drinking tends to affect carbohydrate intake, either resulting in less or more than normal consumption. This can cause weight fluctuation and nutritional problems.

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