Does Alcohol Cause Weight Gain?
When you drink alcohol, particularly large amounts or excessively, it can affect so many parts of your body and your life.
An area of concern that people frequently wonder about is alcohol and weight gain. Does alcohol cause weight gain, or is this a myth?
Below is more information about how alcohol can affect you, and more specifically what to know about alcohol and weight gain.
- When you drink, it affects your brain significantly, including altering levels of GABA and dopamine which are neurotransmitters that are part of the brain’s reward system. If you have too much of either of these neurotransmitters, it can lead to everything from increased heart rate, to aggression and depression.
- Your liver is one of the parts of your body that is most significantly impacted by drinking. Your liver is where alcohol is processed and metabolized, and when you drink excessively, it causes your liver to accumulate fat, which can lead to a serious condition called fatty liver disease. This can ultimately then lead to cirrhosis.
- Drinking raises estrogen levels, and this has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
- When you drink, it causes your stomach to make an excessive amount of acid, which can contribute to a variety of conditions like irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining.
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