Although we’ve heard about the benefits of drinking moderately, research has emerged that shows drinking everyday for a month can have devastating effects on the body.
The rule of thumb seems to be, to have at least one day a week when you abstain from alcohol completely.
Here’s what happens to the body when we drink every single day for a month according to Dr Andrew Thornber, chief medical officer at Now Patient.
- Your risk of cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, voice box and oesophagus is increased as well as the risk of colon and rectum cancer. In women it increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Heavy drinking can cause high blood pressure, irregular heart beat and in the most severe cases it can lead to sudden death from heart failure.
- Too much alcohol causes weight gain because as we’ve discussed in the past, alcohol is high in calories. Excess weight increases our high blood pressure risk and can lead to diabetes.
- Sexually transmitted diseases is another risk because when we’re drunk we’re more likely to engage in dangerous sexual encounters. Being drunk actually lowers our inhibitions and increases risk taking behaviour.
- It causes your kidneys to overwork and produce more urine to get rid of the alcohol.