5 Reasons Not to Overindulge This Holiday Season

December 7, 2018, 11:49 am EST | Share:

Sponsored by: Dr. Thaddeus John Bell

During the holiday season, overindulgence of alcoholic beverages is more likely and possible than other times of the year. Drinking in excess can wreak havoc on your health. Over-drinking can cause a trip to the ER, result in being admitted to the hospital, and EVEN death!

Here are some of the effects that this type of excessive alcohol intake can cause in your body.

1. Blood pressure can become out of control if you are on taking medication to regulate this. If you have not been diagnosed with high blood pressure, over drinking can cause this to spike or elevate. Simply drinking several beers a day can elevate your blood pressure.

2. Chronic alcohol use can cause your heart to go into what is called “holiday heart syndrome” or atrial fibrillation. Stroke is the greatest risk for the patient with atrial fibrillation. Alcohol effects the rhythm of the heart, and if the heartbeat is very fast for a long period of time, it can also lead to heart failure.

3. Alcohol can cause gout flare up causing very paint joint pain. Researchers found that as few as two to four beers a week increased the risk of gout by 25% and for liquor drinker’s gout jumped 60% with two or more liquor drinks a day.

4. Alcohol can cause hemorrhoids to flare up. Hemorrhoids are blood vessels that swell in the rectal area. Alcohol intake can raise blood pressure so there is higher chance of things like hemorrhoids and other vein issues occurring. Hemorrhoids are essentially over-stressed veins that become inflamed and swell. Alcohol also dehydrates you and that causes constipation. When constipated, more force than normal is needed to pass bowel movements which can create hemorrhoids.

5. Too much drinking is bad for your “sugar” diabetes making it very difficult to become manageable. People with diabetes must be very careful when it comes to drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption can lead to dangerously low blood sugar. This is because the liver must work to remove the alcohol from the blood instead of managing blood sugar levels. It is a good idea that if you have diabetes you talk to your doctor to understand the risks involved in drinking.

This content was provided by Dr. Thaddeus John Bell.

Dr. Bell has worked hard closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.