Alcohol consumption is a causal factor in more than 200 diseases, injuries and other health conditions. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as mental and behavioral disorders, including alcohol dependence, and major non-communicable diseases such as liver cirrhosis, some cancers, and cardiovascular diseases.
A significant proportion of the disease burden attributable to alcohol consumption arises from unintentional and intentional injuries, including those due to road traffic crashes, violence, and suicide. Fatal alcohol-related injuries tend to occur in relatively younger age groups.
I used to think drinking was bad for me, so I gave up thinking.
There is no safe limit for drinking alcohol. Alcohol at any level is injurious to health. This loud and clear message emerges from a global burden of disease (GBD) study published on August 23. It estimates the levels of alcohol use and health effects in 195 countries between 1990 to 2016.
The humongous study provided robust estimates of alcohol consumption and related risks based on 694 data sources on individual and population-level alcohol consumption, along with 592 studies on the risk of alcohol use. More than 500 GBD collaborators, such as researchers, academics and others from more than 40 nations contributed to it.
Alcohol is one of the most widely used drug substances in the world.
If you drink alcohol, it is best to do so in moderation. Moderation means the drinking is not getting you intoxicated (or drunk) and you are drinking no more than 1 drink per day if you are a woman and no more than 2 if you are a man. A drink is defined as 12 ounces (350 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (150 milliliters) of wine, or 1.5 ounces (45 milliliters) of liquor.
Eat before (and during) drinking sessions
Alcohol enters your bloodstream through your stomach and small intestine. If your stomach’s empty when you start drinking, the alcohol will enter your bloodstream more quickly.
So it’s a good idea to eat before you down your first drink, and while you are drinking. To get the best out of mixing food and alcohol:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don’t mix alcohol with sugary or energy drinks.
- Avoid salty snacks – they will make you thirsty and likely to drink more.