Beer in moderation has numerous positive effects, but overconsumption can do more harm than good. Continue reading to learn more about the negative side-effects of beer…
Atrophy Of Brain Cells
Just 30 seconds after you drink the first beer, alcohol affects the brain. It clogs the path in the brain used to send nerve signals. As a result, your mood changes, your reflexes slow down, and you may lose your balance.
Alcohol also affects memory, so sometimes you can’t remember what you did while you were drunk.
Feeling a headache when you wake up from the next morning? It’s because the alcohol drains water from your body – causing a headache.
Also, if you regularly drink a lot of alcohol, it can actually make your brain cells shrink. This could result in dementia, memory loss, and a harder time learning. Even normal things like keeping body temperature or balance when walking can be affected.
When alcohol slows your brain, you may find it easy to get to sleep sleep. However, you might not be able to stay asleep.
While you sleep, your body continues to absorb and process alcohol. Making it harder to stay in REM.
Unfortunately, REM is the most important stage of sleep. Helping your body recover from stress and injury during the day.
Diarrhea & Heartburn
Alcohol also stimulates the small intestine and colon, making food pass through faster & undefeated. As a result, people who drink alcohol may have diarrhea.
Alcohol can also increase the intensity of heartburn, because it relaxes the esophagus, causing stomach acid or vapor in the stomach to rise up into the mouth.
The liver is the “processing plant” for all the alcohol you consume, and it can end up under constant attack.
If the frequency of alcohol intake is large, over time the liver will accumulate fat if the alcohol intake is too high. The fatty liver then restricts blood flow to liver cells, causing them to become impaired and lose function, becoming scar tissue. These tissues cannot work anymore and are called cirrhosis.
A night on the town with a few too many drinks can disturb electrical signals and cause an irregular heartbeat. This is normally temporary but constant consumption can lead to a permanent disorder.
The heart muscle shrinks and stretches like an old rubber band. Over time, drinking alcohol regularly can damage your heart. As a result, it can no longer pump blood to all parts of your body.
Poor Sexual Performance
Alcohol affects and disrupts hormones. The chemicals that control everything from digestive speed to your sexual function. In order to keep things functioning properly, all hormones need to be balanced.
But drinking alcohol throws things out of control. In women, hormonal disorders can shorten the menstrual cycle, causing problems during pregnancy.
In men, it can cause them to have erectile dysfunction, decreased sperm concentration, testicular shrinkage, even breast development.
Osteoporosis & Muscle Loss
Along with the way it affects sexual hormones, alcohol prevents the formation of new bone cells. High alcohol consumption can reduce the amount of calcium in the body. Making you more prone to osteoporosis.
Alcohol also limits blood to muscles. Over time, it causes you to lose muscle mass and become weaker.