Alcohol – How it really affects your body!

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During the festive season, most of us are enjoying a glass (or more) of alcohol, but sometimes we forget about the effect it has on our body.

Alcohol and sugar

If you sipp on a glass of red wine during the Christmas dinner you are better off, compared to having a vodka cranberry. A glass of vodka cranberry contains seven teaspoons of sugar, a gin and tonic four teaspoons of sugar while a glass of red wine contains just a quarter of a teaspoon.

Alcohol and calories

Furthermore, alcohol is really high in calorie, 1 glass of white wine contains around 80 kcal, 1 can of beer 150 kcal,1 glass gin and tonic 105kcal and it has a strong appetite-stimulating effect.

The daily acceptable intake of alcohol for healthy women applies to 10g/day and for healthy men 20g/day. 20g comply with 0,5 l beer or 0,25 l wine. The degradation in the body per hour is around  0,1- 0,2 g alcohol per kg body weight and there is no secret formula, which speeds this up.

What makes alcohol so harmful for our body?

When you drink beer, wine or any other alcoholic drink, the consisting alcohol get trough the mucous membrane in the mouth, stomach and small intestine directly in our bloodstream and spreads all over our whole body within  60 to 90 minutes this whole process is done.

In our body alcohol has the same effect like narcotics, which means in high doses, it’s blocking the nervous conduction completely. For our central nervous system, already the smallest amount can affect us and our brain, which is the most sensitive part of our body.

The stimulation of the nervous cells drops our mental and physical function. So in the end alcohol not only affects our complete nervous system it rinses through our whole body and can damage every cell in a long term.

Should I stop drinking alcohol?

Healthy people don’t have to banish alcohol out of their life, but think about the risks and try to keep it moderate. For every glass alcohol drink 2 glass mineral water this keeps you hydrated and works against the acidifying effect of alcohol.


With this in mind:

All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dosage makes a thing not poison. – Paracelsus



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