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Alcohol Abuse Linked to Higher Heart Risks

It’s a well-established fact that alcohol abuse can cause innumerable problems. And now, according to CNN, you can add heart disease to that list of problems.

The fact that alcohol abuse can take a terrible toll on your health should come as no surprise. Alcohol can impair decision-making abilities and motor skills. It is frequently a factor in vehicular accidents, violent behaviors, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to the lethal danger of alcohol poisoning. A few of the more obvious and alarming signs are loss of coordination, uncontrollable vomiting, confusion, slow breathing and seizures.

Generally, women are more vulnerable to alcohol poisoning. They feel the effects of alcohol faster than men of the same size. Unfortunately, they're predisposed to suffer from long-term alcohol-induced health damage.

This is due to physiological differences, such as the inability to effectively dilute alcohol because of a lower body water percentage, a poor ability to metabolize alcohol because of lower levels of dehydrogenase, a liver enzyme designed to break down alcohol in the body.

Another factor is hormone changes that tend to make women intoxicated more rapidly during the days before their period. Birth control pills and other estrogen-containing medications slow the excretion of alcohol from the body.

Alcohol can actually alter your brain chemistry and lower the levels of serotonin, a mood-regulating chemical in your brain, increasing your anxiety and stress instead of reducing it. I advise against drinking when you are feeling down or depressed.

Rather than falling into the vicious cycle of alcohol abuse, I recommend addressing your emotional health as soon as possible. Try Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is one of the most effective energy psychology tools for me.
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