In the first part of our blog we revealed some of the scary side effects of drinking alcohol, even if it is just occasionally. As well as heart arrhythmia, fertility problems, arthritis and fatty liver, here are some of the other worrying repercussions of drinking.
The adrenal glands are our bodies’ hormone powerhouses. They oversee glucocorticoids (such as cortisol) which affects our blood sugar levels, inflammation, immunity, sex hormones, blood pressure and fluid balance. Alcohol knocks us all out of sync because it causes stress and depletion of the adrenal glands.
Even if you normally eat very healthily and partake in exercise, just one night of crazy drinking can cause temporary hypoglycaemia and even impair you body’s hormonal response to it. In the long term, one alcoholic drink a day is enough to cause a drop in your blood sugar which makes you more likely to crave unhealthy, sugary and carb-heavy foods.
Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach moves up into the oesophagus which leads to heartburn and other uncomfortable effects. Studies show that even as few as two to three drinks can cause this.
Alcohol has been linked to a number of significant skin problems including psoriasis and rosacea. As well as triggering the conditions, symptoms can also be worsened and flare-ups can occur after drinking. Even just one drink can cause skin bruising and the blood to thin which can impair your ability to clot for hours after drinking.
If you think that you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available. You can also check out part one of this blog.