BENEFITS OF ALCOHOL
Can alcohol be good for you? Are there benefits to your health?
The World Health Organisation classes alcoholic beverages and acetaldehyde (the chemical produced as a result of consuming alcoholic beverages) as grade 1 carcinogens. These are known to be cancer causing in humans along with asbestos, benzine, and tobacco. Any 'benefits' of alcohol should be viewed in this context. There’s a lot of conflicting research on the benefits of alcohol. Make sure you read the small print on those studies.
People who fall into that group have a lower risk of heart attack, chronic heart trouble and sudden coronary death than those drinking more or those who do not drink at all.
Exceeding this level of alcohol intake may actually raise your blood pressure and cause additional health problems such as a stroke.
At low concentrations of blood alcohol levels, alcohol can temporarily result in lower blood pressure in some people. It is also associated with mild disinhibition and mild feelings of ‘euphoria’.
Increased disinhibition due to higher concentrations of blood alcohol can result in emotions becoming difficult to regulate and lead to feelings of distress.
The habitual use of alcohol to ‘relax’ and manage low moods, anxiety and stress can lead to a psycho-behavioural pattern - get more information on dependence and addiction.
It’s not all good news
We know alcohol causes seven types of cancer and is a causal factor in more than 200 medical conditions including liver, disease, heart disease, and depression.