• Środa, 13 Listopad 2019

Alcohol and cardiovascular diseases

Treating cardiovascular diseases requires a structured lifestyle and a goodbye to some drugs, such as cigarettes and tobacco. What about alcohol?

Alcohol - silent killer

It has been known for a long time that alcohol is harmful. Excessive consumption leads to addiction (alcoholic disease), in extreme cases even to death. People who consume large doses of alcohol during the day are much more likely to suffer from cardiovascular and other diseases.

Alcohol impairs many of the key organs, such as the heart, liver and kidneys, and affects, in most cases, the respiratory, digestive and nervous systems. It can lead to infertility, and prolonged and intensive consumption causes anxiety, aggression and epilepsy.

For ethical reasons, it is not possible to carry out studies that clearly demonstrate each stage of development of adverse effects on the body. Any information on this subject was developed during the observation of people in a certain phase, most often already ill, where alcohol was diagnosed as one of its causes.

Alcohol and the cardiovascular system

Alcohol dilutes the blood, causing an increase in blood pressure in the blood vessels, as well as a faster heart rate, pumping blood all over the body. Such a mechanism, contrary to popular belief that alcohol is harmful, may prove useful, especially for people who complain of low blood pressure and related illnesses. However, this is only the case if the level of alcohol consumption is low (the level of pure ethyl alcohol should not exceed 10 grams per day for women and 20 grams per day for men). In a word, a drink or a glass of wine will not do so much harm to us, but, in some health problems, it can help.

Alcohol - medicine?

No doctor will prescribe or prescribe alcohol as a treatment for cardiovascular disease. Firstly, any knowledge in this area may not be supported by evidence in the form of research. An example is the popular myth that wine helps protect against diseases such as atherosclerosis. Secondly, cardiovascular diseases are governed by their own rules, and in most cases injecting them into a single bag is simply not the goal.

If it were possible to verify the impact of alcohol on every possible cardiovascular disease, it would make more sense. Unfortunately, global organisations do not carry out such research at a sufficient level, which gives an incomplete picture and may lead to equally incomplete conclusions.

Is alcohol harmful, then?

In high concentration, he's a killer. It should not be explained to anyone that the disastrous impact of alcohol abuse in most cases ends tragically.

However, there are some cardiovascular diseases where a small amount of alcohol in the blood gives positive results. It is best to simply ask the doctor if the consumption of alcohol (in small doses and for prophylactic and therapeutic purposes, of course), can in our case benefit from a certain amount of alcohol. Even if the doctor does not forbid it, and even considers it to be something positive, one should not force oneself to drink by force. Surely it is healthier for us to give up alcohol completely than to treat it as a cure with the attitude that "maybe it will help me and maybe it will not".