Excessive alcohol consumption during Christmas can be harmful to your liver. The holiday season is a time of togetherness and celebrating and often times celebrating is associated with alcohol consumption. Whether you’re toasting champagne or sipping on wine alcohol becomes a large focus during the holidays. You may not think that drinking for a few holiday parties can harm your liver, but excessive drinking in a short amount of time definitely can.
Aside from the get-togethers the holidays can also be a very stressful time and so many people turn to alcohol as a means to relieve stress which adds to the harm to your liver. It’s important then to moderate drinking during this hectic time for overall good health.
Experts recommend the following suggestions in order to reduce your risk of harm associated with alcohol.
Aside from harming your liver, alcohol-drinking can have other health effects as well including the following:
These negative health effects usually can be immediately changes by practicing healthy lifestyle changes after drinking but consistently consuming excessive alcohol can have long-term effects.
Other effects of long-term alcohol consumption can contribute to liver or mouth cancer, chronic pancreatitis and diabetes. Lastly, mental health, too, can become negatively impacted.
The effects of alcohol can be quick where a person immediately begins to feel happy or excited but overtime inhibitions and judgment become reduced which can lead to reckless decision-making. Reaction time and behavior can become delayed or changed as well increasing the risk for injury or violence. Lastly, in high quantities alcohol can act as a depressant and cause sleepiness which causes a person to blackout making them vulnerable to danger.
Here are some tips for individuals to drink safely during the festive season.
By following these tips you can ensure you protect your liver and your overall health from the negative effects of alcohol. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed and not left sick from nights of too much drinking. Making plans and knowing your limit can save you from groggy days and feeling sick throughout the holiday season.
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