- It affects sport performance
Alcohol dehydrates you and you need to be hydrated to maintain the flow of blood through your body, which is essential for circulating oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. Next to that alcohol interferes with the way your body makes energy. When you’re metabolizing, or breaking down alcohol, the liver can’t produce as much glucose, which means you have low levels of blood sugar.
- It can make you more likely to smoke cigarettes
People crave nicotine more when they drink because booze enhances the rewarding effects of nicotine, according to a study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
- It can eradicate the benefits of healthy eating
Alcohol is a major cause of nutritional deficiencies — and it’s not because lushes drink their calories. It is harder for the body to absorb essential nutrients (namely vitamin B6, thiamine, and folic acid). So when you drink a lot, all the healthy food you eat goes down the drain, which can ultimately cause anemia and nervous system problems.
- It can literally shrink your brain
And alcohol can slow the pace of communication between neurotransmitters in the brain.
- It really could destroy your liver
When your liver takes too much of a beating from a single bender or prolonged heavy drinking, the organ eventually stops filtering toxins from the blood.
- It could give you high blood pressure
Booze triggers the release of stress hormones that contract and stiffen blood vessels.
- It can weaken your immune system
Chronic alcohol abuse actually suppresses your cells’ ability to attack tumor cells, which heightens your risk of cancer.
- It can ruin your smile
The acidic environment combined with the lack of saliva, a corrosive substance, and plaque buildup will eventually wreak havoc on your smile.
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