Alcohol use is a known risk factor for oral cancer (second only to tobacco use), gum disease and tooth decay.
Alcohol causes dehydration and a dry mouth. When used occasionally, this may not be a big problem, however, when used regularly and in large amounts, alcohol can cause the major salivary glands to swell up and reduce the amount of saliva they produce.
This causes a chronic dry mouth which increases the risk of tooth decay. Acidic drinks such as wine severely erode teeth which wear and discolours the teeth and makes them sensitive to cold and hot.
Alcohol abuse and binge drinking are also responsible for a large number of injuries, especially in younger people from accidental injuries and chipped teeth to significant trauma to the face, jaws and teeth.
Drinking can damage the liver, but it can also damage other parts of the body as well. In fact, alcohol is so toxic that it can damage almost every organ if people drink excessively enough. One of the less talked about problems caused by this type of substance abuse is gum disease.
Alcohol abuse can lead to gum disease:
The problem with alcohol is that it is a toxin which:
Consumption of alcohol increases the risk of developing a long list of health conditions including breast cancer, oral cancers, heart disease, strokes and cirrhosis of the liver. Research shows that high alcohol intake can also damage your mental health, impair memory skills and reduce fertility.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because you only have the occasional beer or glass of wine, to put it simply alcohol is a poison and your liver has to work excessively to rid it from your system every time you have a drink.
Alcohol even in small amounts affects your ability to absorb nutrients for the following reasons:
Alcohol damages the cells of the stomach – increasing acid production and decreasing the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients.
In order for the liver to breakdown and metabolise alcohol it has to use up stores of essential vitamins.
The diuretic effects of alcohol deplete vitamins and minerals such as zinc, magnesium and potassium.
Alcohol decreases digestive enzymes necessary for food breakdown and nutrient absorption.
Alcohol has been reported to be good for your health but here I beg to differ, alcohol creates a lot of extra workloads and unnecessary stress for your body especially your liver. As it depletes you of essential vitamins and minerals and increases your risk for cancer I do not believe that alcohol consumption can be part of a truly healthy lifestyle.