We can see people, as young as 16 enjoying alcoholic drinks, even though it is not legal, thinking that it is not unhealthy or dangerous if they drink occasionally. However, as alcohol is a substance which has the ability to make a person dependent on it both psychologically and physiologically, what many of us do not realise is that, even small quantities of alcohol consumed on a regular basis can affect our health negatively, slowly but surely.
What Are The Health Hazards Caused By Alcohol Consumption?
We learnt that consuming even small quantities of alcohol can harm our health significantly. So, now let us see how exactly alcohol can affect our health.
Some of the physiological health problems caused by alcohol abuse in the long run are:
Shrinkage of the frontal lobes of the brain, causing memory and behavioural problems.
Constant dizziness and blackouts, even when not under the influence of alcohol.
Constant slurring of speech, due to the thickening of the tongue tissues.
Constipation or diarrhoea
Irritable bowel syndrome
Chronic acidity, stomach ulcers and intestinal inflammation
Birth defects in children born, if alcohol is consumed during pregnancy
Weakening of bones
Muscle cramps and numbness
Some of the psychological health effects of consuming alcohol in the excess are:
Impulsive, risk-taking behaviour
Addiction or dependency
Hallucinations, even when not under the influence of alcohol
So, in conclusion, drinking even a glass of any type of alcohol a day can have a negative impact on your health in the long run.