Four Health Benefits of Reducing Your Alcohol Intake
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and according to the CDC, excess alcohol use is responsible for around 88,000 deaths (on average) each year. Although moderate use of alcohol can have some health benefits, the abuse of alcohol can have a huge impact on your long-term health. For example, too much alcohol consumption not only negatively impacts the function of your liver but can cause heart problems such as stroke and high blood pressure. Alcohol has also been linked to increased instances of mouth, esophagus, throat and breast cancers, weakened immune systems, and can create (or worsen) mood disorders.
What Are Some of the Health Benefits of Reducing Alcohol Intake?
Drinking too much disrupts the body’s natural sleep pattern causing you to wake up early and have trouble falling back asleep once you are awake.
The average beer contributes 150 empty calories per drink, the average glass of wine about 120. This can add up fast, especially if you binge drink. Eating a sensible meal with an occasional beer or glass of wine can fill you up where drinking on an empty stomach might cause you to consume a lot of calories while not feeling full.
Excessive alcohol use can cause gas, bloating and frequent diarrhea that may cause ulcers in the stomach or damage your intestines.
Most people are aware that alcohol is a depressant which alters the chemicals and neurotransmitters in your brain. Although alcohol can make you feel relaxed, it can also increase anxiety and stress. Long term abuse of alcohol can also have long term effects on your memory and concentration.
At Primary Care Physicians of Florida, we have doctors who accept Humana and CarePlus, and we can help you improve your overall health. Some insurance carriers such as these may have plans that will help with the costs of getting treatment for alcohol abuse. But your first step should be to get a same day doctor appointment at any one of our 11 convenient offices for a comprehensive health assessment. Give us a call at 954-983-9191 or complete our simple online contact form to get started today.