We have heard/read on several occasions about the major risks involved relating to the excessive consumption of alcohol. Recently a cross-sectional study presented during American Association for Cancer Research’s 101st Annual Meeting held at the Walter E Washington Convention Center, highlighted a connection between alcohol consumption, cancer and aging, which starts during cellular level along with telomere shortening. Telomeres are crucial for the genetic stability of cells; however, as people age the length of telomere shortens rapidly. This shortening of telomere is said to be the reason behind increase in the cancer risk. Telomeres usually get short due to the consumption of alcohol. According to lead researcher Andrea Baccarelli, M.D. Head of the Center of Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, Ca’ Granda Hospital Foundation, University of Milan, Italy, heavy alcohol drinking increases the risk of cancer at various positions thus trigger early onset of premature aging and different diseases related to aging. The study was carried on participants who abused alcohol. Of these 22 percent consumed four or more alcoholic drinks per day, while 197 participants displayed different alcohol consumption habits viz., 4 percent had four or more alcoholic drinks per day. The age group of both the groups was similar. Other factors which might have affected telomere length include physical exercise, diet, stress related to work and exposure to environment.
At the end of the study it was found that telomere length lessens in those persons who consumed heavy amount of alcohol; telomere length remained around half in the non-abusers.
Lethal risks involved for excessive intake of alcohol
Long term use of alcohol abuse results in addiction which in return put a person at a greater risk of acquiring several dangerous conditions. If a person becomes addicted his/her body can’t function normally without ingesting ethanol. If addiction becomes unbearable it could lead to death of an individual. In other cases it could lead to damage of both body and mind or could lead to mental illness. Too much drinking also results in the weight gain of a person. But, if a man takes two drinks and a woman who intake one drink a day are said to be moderate drinkers.
Those who become habitual can miss out the joy of family life, hobbies or friendships. It can have ill effects on children; addicted people also can’t take their own decision because of the poor judgment and would often react without understanding the situation.
Controlling Excessive Alcohol Abuse
Fruit juices play a vital role in diminishing the effects of alcoholism. To control the hangover, it the juice of lemon or orange can do wonders. Eating fruits like banana and apple also helps in flushing out the toxins from our body which have been generated through the use of alcoholism.
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