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Oct 2021

What are the effects of alcohol on your heart?

Posted By Suborna Fermi Posted on Oct 26, 2021

Approximately everyone knows consuming alcohol is not good for your health, but some people believe that a glass of wine, especially red wine is good for health. Drinking alcohol these days is a part of most people's lives.

There is such a thing called moderate drinking. Moderate drinking is defined as an average of one drink per day for women and one or two drinks for men. The explication of one drink is about 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of liquor. Some studies have shown that moderate amounts of alcohol might help to raise levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and it can also prevent damage caused by "bad" LDL cholesterol. Now all of these does not mean an excessive amount of alcohol is good. Alcohol can contribute to a list of health related problems.

How does excessive drinking infect your heart?

  • Excessive drinking is directly linked to a number of diseases, including severe heart related problems, such as stroke or an attack.
  • Excessive amounts of alcohol can lead you to high blood pressure.
  • High amount of drinking can affect your heart muscles, known as cardiomyopathy.
  • Alcohol addiction can also lead you to other serious health issues, such as liver disease and stomach ulcers.

So while you are thinking that a glass of wine a day is healthy, it is also important to understand the long term effects of drinking. Besides, make sure what amount of alcohol you are consuming, as it becomes an addiction. Exercise and antioxidant foods such as fruits, vegetables and grape juice can also boost your HDL cholesterol levels. If you are diagnosed with a chronic heart condition, then you should stop drinking. If you are struggling with alcoholism, speaking to a doctor would definitely help you get better.