Understanding the Negative Effects of Alcohol

Many people are not aware of the negative effects of alcohol consumption in large quantities.

Even when an individual does not drink enough to be considered an alcoholic, there are some potential risks. The risks vary with the type of beverages, frequency of consumption, and amounts consumed.

Many alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories. Mixed drinks are the worst in terms of caloric content. However, even consuming one or two glasses of wine or lite beers can be detrimental to weight loss. Having a couple drinks at the end of each day may help with relaxation but can add a couple hundred unwanted calories. An individual may be tempted to replace a healthy snack with an alcoholic beverage, which has no nutritional content.

One of the negative effects of alcohol people do not often talk about is sleep interruption. Sometimes having a drink or two before bed time can make falling asleep difficult. Many people will find they wake up abruptly in the middle of the night.

Those who have difficulties with sleep should have their last drink several hours before bed time.

Even those who do not abuse alcohol can be impaired while driving. Those who have the occasional few beers after work may not realize they are over the legal limit until they are pulled over. Adding a DUI to one’s driving record is not the best way to get a much wanted promotion at work or to set an example for children. Teens and young adults will find every excuse to explain their bad behavior. Parents should not let their behavior become an excuse for teens to disobey the law.

Over time the negative effects of alcohol can take a toll on the human body, even when there is no problem with addiction. Many people are able to fully recover from a single incident of binge drinking. Others may experience physical symptoms that are fatal. Binge drinking is never a good idea for any reason.

Over time, the one or two drinks a day can effect the liver in some people. This does not occur in everyone and is more likely to effect women. To avoid potential problems in the future, it is best to refrain from the daily drink after work. Occasional use that become more consistent can turn into alcoholism. If the disease tends to run in a family members not affected are aware of the risks. Even those with no family history can develop alcoholism and a dependency.

Those who work in construction or trades that require operation of power tools or machinery should never have even one drink at lunch time. The potential for impairment and possible injury to one’s self or co-workers is greatly increased. This is why many companies require random drug testing of their employees.