KSNF/KODE — If your idea of relaxing at the end of the day is cracking open a beer, you’re not alone. According to Statista, the U.S. beer industry had sales of about $109 billion by 2021 and consumers drank an average of about 68 liters (18 gallons) within a year.
Compared to other alcoholic beverages, beer is readily available in stores due to its low alcohol volume (ABV) – many beers are less than 5% ABV, making them salable in supermarkets in states with strict liquor laws. While those low ABV numbers may make drinking beer seem like a better option than other alcoholic beverages, it’s important to note how drinking a beer every day can harm your overall health — both in the short and long term. term.
Nutritional information of beer
According to the USDA, a 12 ounce can of regular beer contains:
- Calories: 153
- Egg white: 2 gr
- Total fat: 0 gr
- Carbohydrates: 13 gr
- Fiber: 0 gr
- sugars: 0 gr
- Alcohol: 14 gr
- 33niacin: 2mg
- riboflavin: <1mg
- choline: 36mg
- folic acid: 21 mcg
- Magnesium: 21mg
- Phosphorus: 50mg
- Selenium: 2 mcg
- Vitamin b12: <1 mcg
What happens if you drink it daily
Can help your bone density
According to a 2021 review published in Nutrients, drinking beer is associated with increased bone mineral density for both men and women, and consuming one beer per week is associated with a lower risk of hip fractures. However, more research needs to be done to support this and evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the harms of beer consumption.
May disrupt your sleep
While drinking beer – as well as other types of alcohol – is popularly known for making consumers feel relaxed and experiencing feelings of euphoria. The intoxication of alcohol can affect your brain health in the long run.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) states that alcohol can affect your brain’s communication pathway and even affect your brain’s ability to process information.
Sleep can be easily hindered even if you consume a small amount of alcohol during the day. A 2018 study published in JMIR Mental Health compared the sleep quality of participants who consumed varying amounts of alcohol, and found that even light drinkers (who drank two or fewer servings for men, one or less for women) experienced a decrease in sleep quality by 9.3% experienced . When consuming alcohol, the liver shifts into high gear to metabolize the alcohol, which can result in a restless night’s sleep.
Slows down your weight loss process
When alcohol is consumed, it “comes to the front of the line because the liver prioritizes getting rid of that toxin first,” says Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN. Since alcohol is a priority, it can slow down the whole fat burning process if you are trying to lose weight.
“The liver’s job is to filter circulating blood and destroy toxins, including alcohol. The liver can handle a certain amount of alcohol, but if a person continues to drink, it can become so stressed that it causes permanent damage,” says Gomer.
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May cause digestive problems
According to a 2017 publication in Alcohol Research, when consumed in large amounts, alcohol can cause intestinal inflammation and cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Alcohol can negatively alter the bacteria in your gut and invade the intestinal lining (leaky gut syndrome), making the body even more susceptible to alcohol-related illnesses, including alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Can you dehydrate
“The alcohol in beer can lead to dehydration. The kidney is responsible for regulating fluids and electrolytes, and alcohol can disrupt hormones that affect kidney function, which can impair the kidneys and the body’s ability to regulate fluids and electrolytes. It also disrupts the hormones that affect kidney function,” says Gomer.
However, a study published in 2017 in Nutrients found that when drinking moderate amounts of low-alcohol drinks, such as beer, the diuretic effect of this drink was not as strong as that of other alcoholic drinks such as wine and spirits. So if you drink beer mediocre and be sure to drink water during the day, too, which can help you avoid dehydration — which is known to be a contributing factor to morning-after hangovers, according to the NIAAA.
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May increase your risk of chronic disease
Limiting the number of drinks really matters when it comes to taking care of your long-term health, especially when it comes to lowering your risk of various chronic diseases.
While a small 2018 study published in Nutrients found some links between moderate drinking and improved heart health due to alcohol’s potential ability to lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol, a 2022 systematic review published in The American Journal of Medicine, that many observational studies may have overestimated the benefits of alcohol consumption – primarily wine for cardiovascular health – by not taking into account other factors such as lifestyle and genetics.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that excessive drinking can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and even cardiomyopathy (a condition that affects the heart muscle).
In addition to the risks to heart health, the CDC also states that drinking alcohol has been linked to increasing the risk of certain types of cancer, such as oral and pharynx, larynx (larynx), esophagus, colon, and rectum, liver and breast cancer. in women. The American Cancer Society says that alcohol consumption is responsible for 6% of all cancers and 4% of cancer deaths in the United States.