ALCOHOL

Alcohol and it’s consumption, for a variety of reasons, in a variety of settings, for a variety of occasions and in many forms, has been around for thousands of years.

Alcohol use (even mild to moderate regular use) may be a source of, or may worsen: low mood, anxiety, marital problems, motivation, irritability and anger, headaches, malaise and fatigue, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, insomnia (frequent awakenings or early awakening), heart burn, high blood pressure, snoring, sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat leading to risk for stroke), elevated blood glucose (pre-diabetes or diabetes), elevated triglycerides, elevated liver numbers (fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis), pancreatitis (acute and chronic), peripheral neuropathy (e.g. feet feel numb/burn/tingle), vitamin deficiencies, coexisting addictions, adverse effects with medications, cancers (oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, liver, colorectal and breast), imbalance, intracranial bleeds, brain atrophy, heart enlargement, falling, memory issues, and dementia.

Often, a healthcare professional either does not make the connection between your alcohol consumption as a cause and its health effect on you, or will only make a passing mention of alcohol consumption as a potential cause of your health issues.  Occasionally, a healthcare professional will actually avoid broaching the topic of alcohol consumption and your health due to their lack of knowledge, or in order to avoid a long conversation so that they can stay on a schedule, or because they think it will be a futile conversation, or in order to avoid conflict and confrontation.

Cancer Risks Increase With Alcohol Use, Leading To Over 740,000 Cases Last Year : Goats and Soda https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/07/16/1016586837/new-study-says-nearly-3-4-million-cancers-a-year-linked-to-alcohol-use

Charles Tadros, M.D.

July 14, 2021

Saint Louis, Missouri

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