Who Should Not Drink Alcohol? Find Out

Medical practitioners do not prescribe alcohol and even if prescribed, it is done very rarely. Alcohol is used  However, alcohol is present in various medical preparations as solvent and other purposes, such as alcohol is present in most cough formulas and some other liquid medicine preparations.

Although alcohol is not prescribed, it is consumed rampantly, throughout the world, in all cultures and communities. Hence, it is important to know, who should not drink alcohol. A person may not be suitable for drinking for various reasons.

If you have any of the following medical conditions, you should not drink alcohol:

  • If you are suffering from peptic ulcer, hyper-acidity problem or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) you should avoid alcohol, otherwise your medical condition will become worse. Peptic ulcer is ulcer in part of gastrointestinal tract, which is exposed to gastric hydrochloric acid (HCl). Commonly ulcer in stomach and duodenum is called peptic ulcer. In GERD, the lower esophageal sphincter is weak and alcohol can further aggravate the condition by relaxing lower esophageal sphincter and by increasing secretion of gastric acid.
  • If you are suffering from sever liver disease, because alcohol is metabolized in liver only.
  • If you suffer from epilepsy, avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol can precipitate seizure attacks and worsen epilepsy.
  • If a person has unstable personality, there is high risk of alcohol abuse; hence, alcohol should be avoided.
  • Pregnancy and alcohol drinking: Pregnant women should not drink alcohol, because even moderate drinking of alcohol during pregnancy can cause “fetal alcohol syndrome” in the baby. Fetal alcohol syndrome is characterized by low IQ, intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), post-natal growth retardation, microcephaly (small head and brain), cranio-facial abnormalities and other abnormalities. There are also other abnormalities such as increased risk and susceptibility to infection and neurological impairment. Heavy drinking during pregnancy causes, apart from fetal alcohol syndrome, low birth weight babies, increased risk of miscarriage and risk of stillbirth. Breastfeeding mothers also should not drink alcohol.

It is therefore important for individuals who have any of the above medical conditions to avoid alcoholic beverages completely to prevent the risks associated with drinking alcohol.


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