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What are the side effects of alcohol consumption on body?

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I understand high alcohol consumption can effect the liver kidneys heart and brain however i have been told it can have negatives effects on the rest of the body i.e muscles arteries etc long term is this correct please
Posted Wed, 18 Sep 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Pankaj Malhan 1 hour later
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On every system

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for asking.

The effect of alcohol on the body depend upon the quantity, there is term called safe limit, under which the alcohol does not have any bad effect on the body.

Over and above that limit, alcohol affects every system of the body,very high intake can lead to high blood pressure, worsening of sugar control, atherosclerosis leading to deposition of fat in the arteries, kidneys and liver damage.Myopathy i.e the inflammation of the muscles is also known with heavy alcohol consumption.

Various studies have pointed out that less than two standard drinks a day for maximum up to five days a week does not have any unfavorable effect on the body.


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