Brewer’s droop and other ailments

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We all know that alcohol consumption takes its toll on the liver. But did you know that alcohol is linked to a number or other problems?

1 Gastro-intestinal disease Alcohol consumption inflames the lining of the intestines and has been linked to illnesses including mouth cancer and pancreatitis.

2 Neurological damage Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to both short and long-term memory loss.

3 Recurrent infections Alcohol weakens your immune system, making you more prone to repeated infections, which you may not realise are linked to your drinking habits.

4 Depression People often use alcohol to relax after a tough day or as an escape route from problems.

But in fact, even small amounts of drink have been shown to have a negative effect on the brain and nervous system.

One US study looked at people who drank just one drink a day. After three months off the booze, their scores on standard depression tests had improved.

5 Erectile dysfunction The link between high doses of alcohol and impotence is well-documented — hence the term ‘brewer’s droop’.

But regular consumption of alcohol over a long period of time can affect both testosterone levels and blood pressure, which in turn can lead to difficulties sustaining an erection.

Source: Irish Independent, 17/08/10