What Alcohol Does To Your Body

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in our society. It is easily available, most people never think of it as a drug and if it is consumed to excess it can have a very damaging effect on the human body.

  1. Alcohol is not a stimulant (except initially), as most people believe. It is actually a sedative-depressant of the central nervous-system
  2. It is capable of rupturing blood capillaries and veins.
  3. It does not warm you up; in fact it makes you colder by increasing perspiration and causing body heat loss.
  4. It damages dendrites (the branched end of nerve cells that bring messages into the cell), causing disruptions to brain function.
  5. It depletes the body of many essential nutrients such as all the B vitamins, especially B1, B2, B3,B6, B12, folic acid, vitamins C and K, zinc, magnesium and potassium.
  6. It can hamper the liver's ability to process fat.
  7. It can lead to liver toxicity and disease.
  8. High sugar content of alcoholic drinks can lead to hypoglycemia and predispose to diabetes.
  9. Drinking alcohol regularly can lead to its dependence - alcoholism.

There is much publicity these days about the therapeutic effect of a daily glass of red wine. This is due to the presence of the plant pigments called "anthrocyanadins", which are very effective antioxidants in the body. (Scavengers of free-radicals). They are what gives red wine its colour. Antioxidants protect cells from damage and ageing. We can get these anthrocyanadins in our diet in much higher quantities by eating red coloured fruit and vegetables, which do not have any of the negative effects of alcohol. All red, orange, yellow and green fruits and vegetables also contain other essential nutrients not contained in alcohol.

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