- What happens when drinking alcohol?
- How to reduce alcohol effects?
- How can olive oil reduce alcohol effects?
Olive oil never stops surprising. This time it is about the negative effects of alcohol consumption. By adding olive oil to your diet, you are more likely to reduce alcohol effects… Whether you drink more than two servings of alcohol weekly, monthly, yearly or hopefully not daily, be sure to have some extra virgin olive oil so your liver won’t hate you.
What happens when drinking alcohol?
Even if a moderate consumption of alcohol has positive health benefits, alcohol should be considered a recreation drug and never be consumed in excess. High alcohol consumption may cause heart disease, liver disease, cancer (mouth and liver), pancreatitis, depression and much more. When somebody drinks, some of the alcohol is absorbed by the stomach and the rest (the greatest part) by the small intestine. Afterwards, it enters the bloodstream. At the same time the body is fighting to remove it. A small part of alcohol is removed in the urine and breath but most of it, by the liver. The liver breaks down the alcohol in a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde and oxygen containing molecules that are highly reactive and damaging. These compounds interfere with the normal metabolism of other nutrients, especially lipids and contribute to liver cell damage. Chronic drinkers have deficiency in many essential nutrients such as amino acids, proteins, and certain vitamins. These deficits can derive from an inappropriate diet or/and from alcohol’s effects on these nutrients and their metabolism. The faster the body breaks down the alcohol and removes it, the better. The effects of alcohol on the body depend on blood alcohol levels. Therefore, reduced alcohol degradation may lead to more severe damages to the liver and other organs.
How to reduce the bad effects of alcohol?
Researches show that underfed drinkers break down the alcohol slower than well fed subjects. Therefore, to reduce alcohol effects, even moderate alcohol consumption should be accompanied by a good healthy diet. 重度飲酒者有不足的維生素B群, ç, á, 鈣，鐵等營養成分. 抗氧化劑的管理可以幫助消除體內的活性氧分子和血脂異常故障產生的其他活性分子. 還, 食用油脂的種類是重要度高. 多不飽和脂肪更容易受到由酒精引起擊穿和中鏈甘油三酯的脂質過氧化的可能降低酒精性脂肪肝，而長鏈甘油三酯增加的風險.
How can olive oil reduce alcohol effects?
Olive oil consists of medium-chain-triglycerides which significantly reduce alcoholic fatty liver, while long-chain triglycerides promote it (Lieber). This difference probably results from the fact that they are more likely to be broken down in the body than long–chain triglycerides and therefore are less likely to be deposited in the liver. Since it is not readily absorbed or stored in the adipose tissue of the body, olive oil does not contribute to overweight.
- 橄欖油是一種高度不飽和脂肪而不是脂質過氧化反應敏感. 脂質過氧化反應是指脂質的氧化降解，它也是高消費酒精的後果. 它最經常影響多不飽和脂肪酸, 因為它們包含在之間具有特別反應性的氫分子的多個雙鍵.
- 橄欖油在其成分維生素A (視黃醇) 這是一個需要肝硬化患者.
- 另一個重要的抗氧化劑是維生素E. 酗酒肝硬化往往在肝臟中低維生素E水平.
- 橄欖油是很好的耐受性胃. 它激活的膽汁和胰腺的激素分泌更自然比規定的藥品.
And now let’s have a look on the statistics. In Spain medium alcohol consumption Per Capita in 2003-2005 according to World Health Organization was 11.6, in Italy 10.7 litres and Greece 10.8 litres. In the same period Germany had a consumption of 12.8 litres, Denmark 13.4, Poland 13.3 and France 13.4 litres. The difference in consumption is not great, but the difference in death rate caused by alcohol is. While in the Mediterranean Countries, and we refer to all Mediterranean, the death rate is very low, in the rest of the countries, Eastern or Western as well, the death rate is very high. If in Greece with 10.8 litres per capita the death rate is 0.3 per 100000 citizens, in Germany, with 12.8 litres, the death rate caused by alcohol is 3.9.
Please note that statistics can offer data for orientation, they do not provide 100% accuracy since different factors can lead to a specific result.
This article is based on correlation between different studies about alcohol, nutrition, types of fats and their effects, therapy for alcoholism and olive oil composition.