Drinking Alcohol-Health Boost or Health Risk?

By: Dr. Dhirender kaushik

When it comes to alcohol, how much is too much?

A large no. of studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women. Moderate drinking means one drink per day for women and one to two drink in a day for men. The difference in amounts is because of how men and women metabolize alcohol. When you say one drink, the size of that drink matters.

The Dangers of Drinking Too much

Unfortunately, some people can’t stop at just one or two drinks. Too much alcohol can result in serious health consequences. Heavy alcohol intake damages the liver, causing cirrhosis, a fatal disease. Excessive drinking also can raise blood pressure and damage the heart. The health risks are greater for those who not only drink but smoke as well. According to National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 16000 people die each year in automobile accidents that involve drunken drivers or one in three violent crimes involves the use of alcohol and as many as three out of four violent incidents against a spouse involves alcohols. Alcohol is a depressant. It makes peoples sad over time, not happy

Signs of Drinking Problem

  • You find you can’t stop drinking once you start.
  • You are having problems at work or school.
  • Other people notice your drinking and comment on it.
  • You can’t remember what you did when you were drinking alcohol.


Moderation Rules

Consuming no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two drinks for men is safe, and perhaps even heart healthy. On the other hand, excessive drinking can have serious consequences. If you think you may have a drinking problem or suspect that someone you love does, seek professional help. Contact your family physician or a support group for substance abuse before irreparable damage is done.

Dr. Dhirender kaushik


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