IIs it hard for you to put down the bottle of drinks? Are you suffering from heavy drinking? It’s a
known fact that heavy drinking is harmful and can be fatal to your body. But do you know how heavy
drinking affects your vital organs and increase the risk of death?
Here’s how heavy drinking affects your vital organs | Know all about it
Drinking heavily leads to uncontrolled absorption of iron into the body, putting strain on vital
organs, especially the cardiovascular system and increasing the risk of death, according to a study.
“Iron loading puts strain on especially the cardiovascular system through oxidisation, which can cause
damage to cells, proteins and DNA,” said Rudolph Schutte from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, looked at health outcomes in 877 women in sub-
Saharan Africa over a median follow-up time of nine years.
The results showed that levels of ferritin, a blood marker of the extent of body iron loading, were
higher in drinkers than non-drinkers.
“The link between iron and mortality has been disputed for around 30 years, but this study is the first
to investigate the significance of the interaction between iron loading and alcohol intake,” Schutte
What is iron loading?
Iron loading is when the regulation of iron in the body is compromised by alcohol consumption, leading
to more of it being absorbed.
It can cause health issues such as heart attacks, liver disease and diabetes.
The study found that higher levels of ferritin and its statistical interaction with alcohol in these
subjects predicted all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.
This means that the prognostic significance of iron loading depends on alcohol consumption, researchers
Heath risks of heavy drinking
There are several serious health conditions linked to heavy drinking. Some of the health risks are
dementia, anaemia, cancer, cardiovascular problems, cirhosis, depressions and diabetes.