Regular Excess Drinking Can Take Years Off Your Life

Alcohol consumption has always been a polarizing issue. It is hard to miss the constant and often contradictory headlines about the benefits and dangers of moderate drinking. There have been recent studies arguing that moderate drinking somehow prolongs your life and others, such as a recent report published in the Lancet medical journal, that strongly claim the opposite. 

As reported by The Guardian, the results of this new study should concern the large segment of the population who believes that occasional alcohol consumption benefits their health. Broken down by drink consumed, each glass of wine or pint of beer you drink will cut 30 minutes from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old. Worse, the risk climbs with consumption. Once you move beyond the recommended daily limit of drinks, usually two beverages in most countries, the damage done to your body becomes comparable to smoking. 

The study does not place much value in the potential of drinking to reduce the possibility of nonfatal heart attacks. The study authors argue that this benefit is more than offset by the potential drawbacks of alcohol consumption. 

Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, concluded, “This study makes clear that on balance there are no health benefits from drinking alcohol, which is usually the case when things sound too good to be true.”
This study may end up being a wake-up call to social drinkers. Regardless of the merits of their conclusions, it is impossible to dispute that excessive drinking is a recipe for disaster, and the results of this study remind us alcoholism remains a serious public health concern.

Alcohol abuse can take a terrible toll on your health. It has the potential to catastrophically impair decision-making abilities and motor skills. It is frequently a factor in vehicular accidents, violent behaviors, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The impact of alcohol is not limited to acute incidents and disastrous downward spirals. Alcohol can 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 Techniques (EFT), which is one of the most effective energy psychology tools. 
 

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