We know beer as one of the most popular alcoholic beverages the world over. It seems like most everyone has their own favorite type, flavor, and the best part is you can always find something for your not-so-beer-loving friends to at least tolerate. In short, beer is versatile, and so are the production methods. But, as with any alcohol, you have to weigh the pro’s and con’s. There are plenty of great things about beer, but there are also a few negative effects that beer can have on the body. So, we’re going to lay it out there for you. That way, while you’re sipping your imperial IPA, you’re at least aware of what you’re putting into your body. As with anything, consume beer in moderation.
Negative Effects of Beer: Downsides to your Favorite Beverage
Since alcohol increases insulin activity in your body, it can help fight against diabetes. Which is great! But, on the flip side, it can interfere with your body’s blood sugar levels. Therefore, it can lead to hunger, which can lead to gorging bar foods, and weight gain. Not to mention, it’s high in calories which can also lead to weight gain.
It’s very easy to get dehydrated when drinking beer because it slows down the release of a natural antidiuretic hormone in your body. Therefore, you will feel an increased need to urinate after having a beer, or two, or three. So, if you’re going to be drinking beer, drink water also to help combat this loss of liquids!
Lastly, the dreaded hangover
Just like any alcohol, beer can cause a hangover. We’re not sure why, but drinking a lot of beer tends to lead to a pretty nasty hangover the next day. Between a lack of hydration, the natural sugars in many types of beer, and gluten sensitivity (if you have one) can all lead to issues with beer and hangovers.
Drinking in Moderation
Just like with any beverage, you need to drink in moderation. By doing so, you’ll negate most of these negative side effects— besides having to urinate… that one is a given, most always. If you drink one beer a day, or a few on the weekends, you’ll likely avoid most of these issues. But, drinking in excess does have the potential to negatively effect your health, your weight, and your ability to make smart decisions.