Is drinking beer good or bad for our health?
Around 16g of alcohol per day may help in increasing HDL ( good cholesterol) levels. Probably in this much amount, person may feel euphoric and anxiety is allayed.
Chronic intake of more than 1–2 drinks per day is definitely bad for health. Chronic alcoholism can lead to:
- Alcohol is a calorie rich beverage (7 cal/g), which can’t be stored. It spares carbs and fats as energy source, so regular intake contributes to obesity.
- hypertension and cardiomyopathy.
- Anemia due to folate deficiency , wernicke’s encephalopathy, korsakoff’s psychosis .
- Chronic gastritis and acute pancreatitis which lead to nutritional deficiencies.
- Weakness and myopathy
- Alcohol is an aphrodisiac– sexual behavior becomes aggressive but performance is often impaired. Chronic alcoholism can cause gynecomastia and infertility(in both- men and women)
- In pregnant woman, foetal alcohol syndrome.
- Damage to liver depends on pattern of drinking. Small amount everyday is safer than binge drinking. Chronic intake combined with nutritional deficiencies may be responsible for cirrhosis of liver.
Overall disadvantages outweighs benefit. Guidelines for safe drinking are not uniform, but on an average 1–2 drinks per day is usually safe and not more than 3 drinks on any occasion. Also safe limits are somewhat lower for women than for men.