It all depends on the number of cans you open
(KSNF/CODES) — If your idea of relaxing at the end of the day involves cracking open a beer, you’re not alone. According to An extraIn 2021, the US beer industry had about $109 billion in revenue, and on average, consumers drank about 68 liters (18 gallons) in a year.
Compared to other alcoholic beverages, beer is easy to find in stores due to its low alcohol by volume (ABV) – many beers are under 5% ABV, making them available in stores in states with strict alcohol laws. While those low ABV values may make drinking beer seem like a better option than other alcoholic beverages, it’s important to note how drinking beer on a daily basis can affect your overall health – both now and in the long term.
Nutritional information for beer
According to USDAone 12-ounce (355 mL) can of regular beer contains:
- Calories: 153
- proteins: 2 years
- Total Fat: 0 g
- carbohydrates: 13 years
- fibers: 0 g
- sugars: 0 g
- Alcohol: 14 years
- 33niacin: 2 mg
- riboflavin: <1 mg
- choline: 36 mg
- folic acid: 21 mcg
- Magnesium: 21 mg
- Phosphorus: 50 mg
- Selenium: 2 mcg
- Vitamin B12: <1 mcg
What happens when you drink it everyday
It can disturb your sleep
Although drinking beer — and other types of alcohol — is popularly known to make the consumer feel relaxed and experience a sense of euphoria, intoxication can affect the long-term health of your brain.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) states that alcohol can affect your brain’s communication pathway and even your brain’s ability to process information.
Sleep can be easily disrupted, 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 different amounts of alcohol and found that even light drinkers (two or fewer drinks for men, one or less for women) experienced a 9.3% decrease in sleep quality. When consuming alcohol, the liver accelerates the metabolism of alcohol, which can result in restless sleep.
It slows down the weight loss process
When consumed, alcohol goes to “the front of the line because the liver has priority to get rid of that toxin first,” he said. Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN. Since alcohol comes first, if you’re trying to lose weight, it can slow down the entire fat-burning process.
“The liver’s job is to filter circulating blood and destroy toxic substances, including alcohol. The liver can handle a certain amount of alcohol, but as a person continues to drink, it can become stressed to the point of causing permanent damage,” Gomer said.
It can cause digestive problems
When consumed in large amounts, alcohol can cause inflammation of the intestines and cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract and liver, according to a 2017 publication. Alcohol Research. Alcohol can negatively alter the bacteria in your gut and permeate the lining of your gut (leaky gut syndrome), making the body even more susceptible to alcohol-related diseases – including alcoholic fatty liver disease.
It can dehydrate you
“The alcohol in beer can lead to dehydration. The kidneys are responsible for regulating fluids and electrolytes, and alcohol can disrupt hormones that affect kidney function, which can affect the kidneys and the body’s ability to regulate fluids and electrolytes. It also disrupts hormones that affect kidney function,” Gomer said.
However, a study published in 2017 Nutrients found that when moderate amounts of low-alcohol beverages, such as beer, are consumed, the diuretic effect of this beverage is not as strong as that of other alcoholic beverages such as wine and liquor. So if you drink beer moderately and be sure to drink water throughout the day, which can help you avoid dehydration—which is known to contribute to morning hangovers, according to NIAAA.
It can increase the risk of chronic diseases
Limiting the number of drinks is really important when it comes to taking care of your health in the long term – especially when it comes to reducing the risk of several chronic diseases.
Although a small study was published in 2018 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 concluded that many observational studies may have overestimated the cardiovascular health benefits of alcohol consumption – mainly wine – without 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 the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, and even cardiomyopathy (a disorder that affects the heart muscle).
In addition to heart health risks, CDC also states that alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth and throat, voice box (larynx), esophagus, colon and rectum, liver, and breast cancer in women. The American Cancer Society says that alcohol consumption accounts for 6% of all cancers and 4% of cancer deaths in the United States.