Alcohol and Health: Good, Bad Or Ugly

We are getting a lot of mixed messages regarding health effects of alcohol. On one side, moderate Alcohol drinking is linked with getting health benefits.

On the other side, it is habit-forming and highly toxic when one drinks too much Alcohol. The fact is health effects of alcohol are really rather complex.

These effects can differs from person to person, and it depends up-on the amount and the type of alcoholic beverage he consumed.

So, how does alcohol affect our health?

Let’s have a look…!


Alcohol and Red Wine What is Alcohol

The ingredient contains in alcoholic is known as the ethanol. Generally referred as “alcohol,” ethanol is the substance which makes you drunk.

Ethanol is made from yeasts when they are fragmented to digest sugar in from certain carb rich foods, like Grapes in Wine or Grains in Beer.


Why do People Drink it?  


# Alcohol is the most favorite recreational [Taken occasionally for enjoyment] “drink” all over the world, which effects straightaway and strongly on your mood and mental state.

# Alcohol reduces self-consciousness and shyness, making people to act without suppression very easily. At the same time, it can impair judgment and make the peoples to do things that they end up with regretting.

# Few people drink small amounts at a time, while others lean to binge drink. Binge drinking means drinking in large quantities at a time, in order to get drunk.

How Alcohol Works

alcohol and weight gain

  • Alcohol is being metabolized by the liver, and frequent intake of alcohol can deposit the fat inside the liver cells. Alcohol abuse can leads to cirrhosis [Liver disease], a very serious condition.

  • While alcohol intoxication is only temporary, prolonged alcohol abuse can impair brain functioning permanently.

  • However, it’s good news that moderate drinking can benefits in brain health, especially for aged people.

  • Alcohol abuse and depression are inter-linked. People may start alcohol abuse because of depression, and / or become depressed by abusing alcohol.

  • Also alcohol and weight gain are inter-related. Heavy Beer drinking is associated to weight gain, while moderate drinking and Wine are related to reduced weight gain.

  • Moderate alcohol intake also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, whereas heavy drinking appears to be at increase risk of heart diseases.

Alcohol and Type 2 Diabetes


  • Type 2 diabetes is caused by reduced consumption of glucose (blood sugar) by cells, a process known as insulin resistance.
  • Moderate drinking of alcohol seems to reduce insulin resistance, helping to fight the symptoms of diabetes
  • As a result, drinking alcohol with meals may cut the rise of blood sugar by 16-37% compared to water. Blood sugar levels between the meals (fasting blood glucose) may also go down.
  • In fact, the Moderate consumption of Alcohol can reduces the risk of diabetes. However, when it comes to heavy or binge drinking, the risk will increases.
  • Be cautious: To be expectant mothers if consumes Alcohol at time of conception, there may be chances of developing baby’s risk of Type 2 diabetes on later in life.