3. Alcohol Can Cause High Blood Pressure
According to Mayo Clinic, “more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily raises your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases.”
As if that wasn’t enough, alcohol can cause unwanted weight gain, as we previously mentioned. Excess weight is one of the biggest factors in higher blood pressure, which means you may end up with unhealthy blood pressure levels. This can lead to many other problems like heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
It’s worth mentioning that if you already suffer from high blood pressure, also called hypertension, you should avoid heavy drinking.
2. You May Develop an Alcohol Addiction
Drinking alcohol every day, even if it’s not much, can lead to alcohol addiction, and even turn into alcoholism.
According to Harvard Medical School, alcohol abuse is the second most common form of substance abuse in the United States, and its consumption has led to many health issues and accidents. Dr. Hensrud suggests that people who believe they have alcoholism or are starting to develop a drinking habit try to stop drinking for a few days or even weeks. This will help stop the habit of drinking and reduce the risk of it becoming an addiction.
1. You Can Be Burdening Your Heart
You’ve probably felt heartburn if you’ve been drinking too much. Even though we don’t pay much attention to it, this can damage your heart muscle, and ultimately lead to heart failure.
As we mentioned before, heavy drinking raises your blood pressure, but it also raises your levels of triglycerides, which increases the risk for heart disease and also contributes to cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart muscle. Finally, alcohol also contributes to obesity because of all the calories it has. Being overweight often leads to heart problems if not treated correctly.