Drinking alcoholic beverages is a way for people to gain confidence, break away from dilemmas, or to simply a way to commence festivities. According to Dr. Liza Ramoso-Ong, Filipinos rank second in Southeast Asia in terms of drinking alcohol. She also mentioned that around 5 million Filipinos who regularly drink booze, and only 40% of citizens drink irregularly. While quaffing alcoholic drinks has been quite the norm during celebrations or even in unwelcome events in life, Dr. Ong still reminds heavy drinkers that excessive liquor can take a toll on one’s health.
Dr. Ong said that drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure that can significantly raise the risk of hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. A person can also suffer from cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood, or arrhythmia, an abnormal heartbeat. Overdrinking also causes weight gain, which also raises one’s risk of hypertension.
Poor eyesight, defective speech, slow reaction time, and forgetfulness are some negative side effects of drinking liquor as it affects neurotransmitters or the chemical messengers in the brain. Too much alcohol can also cause depression and impulsivity. Dr. Ong added that it can also cause permanent brain damage, and this happens when a person vomits and loses function of his or her gag reflex leading to asphyxiation.
The liver functions as the filter of harmful substances in the body, such as ethanol or alcohol. When the liver gets damaged, this can lead to fatty liver disease. Continuous drinking can lead to alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis.
Overdrinking can cause pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas.
For pregnant mothers who drink alcohol, the activity can lead to complications to the unborn baby, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The child’s brain and spinal cord are highly affected as alcohol passes through the placenta, the organ that provides oxygen and nutrients to the baby.
6. MALE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Drinking alcohol can lower men’s testosterone levels, which leads to impotence.
7. IMMUNE SYSTEM
Too much liquor results can result in pneumonia and tuberculosis.
Alcohol-dependents can also suffer from peeing too much because liquor is a diuretic.
Complications on the skin include dry skin and rosacea, or the redness on a person’s cheeks and nose.
Other problems caused by over drinking can be malnutrition and various types or cancer, such as breast cancer, mouth cancer, neck cancer, and throat cancer. Accidents such as head injuriesand drowning can also occur due to over drinking. For the teenagers, alcoholic beverages can be their stepping stone to illegal drug use.
If a person becomes dependent on liquor or showings signs of withdrawal symptoms, Dr. Ong advises you to seek medical help.
Watch Dr. Ong’s full video below:
DISCLAIMER: The health tips on this website are based on articles published in books, periodicals and various social media sites by Doctor Willie Ong. We believe and fully support the good intentions of our ‘Doktor ng Bayan.
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