What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Beer Daily

It all depends on how many cans you open

(KSNF/KODE) – If your idea of ​​unwinding at the end of the day is opening a beer, you’re not alone. According to Statista, in 2021, the US beer industry had around $109 billion in revenue and, on average, consumers drank around 68 liters (18 gallons) during the year.

Compared to other alcoholic beverages, beer is easy to find in stores due to its low alcohol content by volume (ABV) – many beers are below 5% ABV, making them salable in grocery stores around the world. States with strict liquor laws. While these low ABV values ​​may make beer a better option than other alcoholic beverages, it’s important to note how drinking a beer every day can harm your overall health, both short and long. term.

Beer Nutrition Facts

According to the USDA, a 12-ounce (355 ml) can of regular beer contains:

  • calories: 153
  • Protein: 2g
  • Total fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 grams
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Alcohol: 14g
  • 33Niacin: 2mg
  • Riboflavin: <1mg
  • Choline: 36mg
  • Folate: 21mcg
  • Magnesium: 21mg
  • Phosphorus: 50mg
  • Selenium: 2mcg
  • Vitamin B12: <1 mcg

What happens when you drink it daily

Could disturb your sleep

Although drinking beer – as well as other types of alcohol – is known to relax the drinker and cause them to experience feelings of euphoria, intoxication can affect the long-term health of your brain.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) states that alcohol can affect your brain’s communication pathway, and even affect your brain’s ability to process information.

Sleep can easily be impaired, even if you consume a small amount of alcohol during the day. A 2018 study published in JMIR Mental Health compared the sleep quality of participants who consumed different amounts of alcohol and found that even light drinkers (drinking two servings or less for men, one or less for women) experienced a 9.3% decrease in sleep quality. . When drinking alcohol, the liver kicks into high gear to metabolize the alcohol, which can lead to a restless night’s sleep.

Slows down your weight loss process

When consumed, alcohol comes “on the front line because the liver prioritizes the elimination of this toxin,” said Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN. Because alcohol takes priority, if you’re trying to lose weight, it can slow down the whole fat burning process.

“The role of the liver is to filter the circulating blood and destroy toxic substances, including alcohol. The liver can handle a certain amount of alcohol, but when a person continues to drink, they can become stressed to the point of causing permanent damage,” Gomer said.

May cause digestive problems

When consumed in large amounts, alcohol can cause intestinal inflammation and cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract and liver, according to a 2017 publication in Alcohol Research. Alcohol can negatively alter the bacteria in your gut and permeate the lining of the gut (leaky gut syndrome), making the body even more susceptible to alcohol-related diseases, including alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Could dehydrate you

“The alcohol in beer can cause dehydration. The kidney is responsible for regulating fluids and electrolytes, and alcohol can disrupt hormones that affect kidney function, which can affect the kidneys and the body’s ability to regulate fluids and electrolytes. It also disrupts hormones that affect kidney function,” Gomer said.

However, a 2017 study published in Nutrients found that by drinking moderate amounts of low-alcohol drinks, such as beer, the diuretic effect of this drink was not as strong as other alcoholic drinks such as wine and spirits. So if you drink beer moderately and be sure to drink water during the day, it can help you avoid dehydration — which is known to be a contributing factor to a morning-after hangover, according to the NIAAA.

May increase your risk of chronic diseases

Limiting the number of drinks is really important when it comes to taking care of your long-term health, especially when it comes to reducing your risk of several chronic diseases.

Although a small 2018 study published in Nutrients found links between moderate alcohol consumption and improved heart health due to alcohol’s potential ability to lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol, a 2022 systematic review published in The American Journal of Medicine concluded that many observational studies may have overestimated the benefits of drinking alcohol – primarily wine on cardiovascular health – by failing to take into account other factors such as lifestyle and genetics.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, and even cardiomyopathy (a disorder that affects heart muscle).

In addition to heart health risks, the CDC also states that alcohol consumption has been associated with increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as mouth and throat, voice (larynx), esophagus , colon and rectum, liver and breast cancer. in women. The American Cancer Society says alcohol consumption accounts for 6% of all cancers and 4% of cancer deaths in the United States.


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