Excessive drinking increases the risk of metabolic syndrome

Excessive alcohol consumption leads to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, according to a recent study published in “the journal of clinical endocrinology & metabolism”. Alcohol has more dangers and risks than ‘just’ reduced road safety and increased susceptibility to addiction.

What is excessive drinking?

The researchers define excessive drinking as more than 2 glasses of alcohol per day for men, and more than 1 glass of alcohol per day for women. According to the research, these people are at risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome

results in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease . The metabolic syndrome is also called Syndrome X. The condition consists of a number of biochemical and physical irregularities and imbalances.

Cause of the metabolic syndrome

The cause of the metabolic syndrome is still known. There are various hypotheses . For example, it is said to be caused by eating too many carbohydrates, which cause an increase in the amount of glucose in the blood. The pancreas then produces insulin, which must convert the glucose into glycogen. However, when too much glycogen is produced, it can no longer be stored in the right place and is stored as fat. The increased amount of insulin also ensures delayed fat burning. Constant exposure to insulin makes your cells less sensitive to insulin, which can lead to insulin resistance, which in turn can ultimately cause type II diabetes.

Relationship between alcohol and the metabolic syndrome

The study evaluated the data of 1,529 people who consumed at least 12 alcoholic drinks in the years 1999 to 2002. The test subjects were between the ages of 20 and 84. The study showed that people who drank more than 2 drinks per day in the case of men and consuming more than 1 glass per day in the case of women have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
The researchers recommend paying more attention to the prevention of excessive alcohol consumption and pointing out the increased risk of heart disease.


Consuming an appropriate and moderate amount of alcohol therefore not only has advantages in terms of the risk of addiction, but also has a positive influence on the prevention of the metabolic syndrome. I think many people only know the danger of alcohol in terms of addiction , but do not immediately think about the other health risks of the substance. It therefore seems very wise to me not to focus the anti-alcohol campaigns solely on susceptibility to addiction and road safety (although these are certainly useful points of attention) but to broaden the subject of prevention activities and pay more attention to the physical consequences of alcohol consumption .

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