Drinking Wine Daily Has Ugly Side Effects

While red wine can cut cholesterol, manage diabetes, and reduce inflammation, heavy wine consumption can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. If "heavy" drinking has severe adverse effects, does one glass of wine a day?

Drinking wine may disrupt your sleep

Wine—or any alcohol—in the evening may impair sleep. Drinking makes people tired, but it doesn't last. According to Handbook of Clinical Neurology, drinking shortens REM cycles and disrupts sleep. Even if you think wine will help you fall asleep faster and more pleasantly, it may wake you up in the middle of the night.

Wine can impact your medication

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol interacts dangerously with acetaminophen, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and sedatives. Alcohol and some drugs might cause drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and fainting. Before drinking wine, check prescription cautions because it can render antibiotics ineffective.

It raises breast cancer risk.

Even modest wine intake may raise breast cancer risk. According to a Breast Cancer Research analysis, moderate drinking (50 grammes or more per day) increased risk, but even 18 grammes per day did too. One drink contains 14 grammes of alcohol, so your daily glass may be more harmful than you think.

It can also increase your overall cancer risk

If you think you're in the clear because you don't smoke tobacco but still partake in drinking alcohol, you may be disappointed to find out that light to moderate alcohol consumption can increase cancer risk.

It can cause rapid or irregular heartbeats.

Alcohol, even in little doses, can cause an abnormally rapid heartbeat. EP Europace showed that daily drinkers had the highest risk. These data suggest that frequency may be more important than alcohol level in atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat. In fact, those who drank more alcohol in one sitting had a decreased chance of AF.

It raises blood pressure.

"Moderate drinking—one glass a day for women and two for men—is typically regarded appropriate for heart health," adds Young, but increased alcohol use may increase hypertension risk. Hypertension can cause heart failure and kidney damage.

It's liver-damaging.

According to the Mayo Clinic, daily alcohol usage needs extra liver effort because metabolic enzymes digest and break down poisons like alcohol. Daily drinking can induce liver fibrosis or alcoholic hepatitis.

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