15 reasons why giving up coffee and alcohol are worth it

Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of factors that increase the chance of suffering from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A study concluded that basically the more you drink, the more likely you are to develop this condition. Symptoms include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood clots, and too much belly fat.

 

Alcohol can trigger symptoms of atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia), which increases the risk of stroke by five times. Excess of alcohol stops the liver from making the materials that help the blood to clot. Caffeine does not promote ventricular arrhythmia, unless consumed in very high doses. A 25-year-old woman with a preexisting condition died after drinking 50 mL of a “natural energy” guarana health drink that contained the same amount of caffeine as 8 cups of strong coffee.

 

Caffeine hurts your teeth, research shows, and stains are the least of the problems. Enamel surface in people who drank coffee revealed a consistently rougher surface, both before and after acid exposure. After exposure to acid, the calcium and phosphorus contents of the outer surface of the enamel in the caffeine group were greatly reduced. Tooth decay is common among heavy drinkers because of the sugars and acids in alcohol. It is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer.

 

Alcohol has been linked to fatty liver disease because it can damage or destroy liver cells, according to the American Liver Foundation. The organ’s job is to process everything we eat and drink, but if you drink more alcohol than it can handle, the liver can be seriously damaged. Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the earliest stage of other drinking-related liver problems. There are usually no symptoms.

 

Alcoholic beverages and coffee have no season. People want them in the summer to cool off and, especially wine, liquor and hot coffee, in the colder months to warm up. A recent study found that heavy drinking among Americans rose by 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012. To make matters worse, people consume more in a shorter period of time. Binging is up almost 9 percent. In some ways coffee and alcohol cancel each other out. Research has shown that high coffee intake was associated observationally with low risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. This is not to say that you should drink more alcohol because you can’t “fix” the problem with caffeine. Both have too many other negative effects that outweigh the benefits.

 

 

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