Alcohol and Your Heart

What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a drug which is known to act as a depressant for the central nervous system. It strongly affects every part of the body and may lead to heart attack and other diseases.

Absorption Rate of Alcohol

Alcohol is quickly absorbed by the blood. However, the absorption rate strongly depends on the amount and kind of food in your stomach. For instance, it is rapidly absorbed, if taken on an empty stomach. On the other hand, if you have eaten something that is high in fat or carbohydrate; it may reduce the absorption rate.  

Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol strongly affects the human body and may cause the followings:

  • It increases the heart beat and eventually causes high blood pressure.
  • It causes unclear vision and thus reduces your ability to drive.
  • It reduces the self-consciousness which may cause embarrassing situations.
  • It reduces your sense and time of giving attention to things and details.
  • It damages your memory.
  • It damages your judgment ability.
  • It may cause gum infections.
  • It increases the risk of oesophageal cancer.
  • It is a major cause of gout.

Alcohol Intake for Heart Patients

The first six weeks after recovery from a heart attack, you should try not to use alcohol. However if you really miss it, you could take it in small quantities such as 1 unit per day.

Consult Your Doctor

Alcohol may react with certain medicines. So, you should consult with your doctor, health professional or pharmacist in order to take alcohol. It is also high in calories so it is better if you try to avoid it.

Drink or Not to Drink?

Alcohol can be used with following cautions:

  • Drink it sip by sip and slowly.
  • Always drink it with food.
  • Do not drink if you are pregnant.
  • You should drink a lot of water in between drinks.

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