When you wake up with a hangover, it’s a no-brainer that last night’s drinks didn’t do you much good. But research shows that the effects of heavy alcohol consumption may be doing much more to your body than just leaving you with one day of misery. Over time, as the drinks add up, alcohol can affect your biology, changing it in detrimental ways.
Excess alcohol consumption can:
- Change Your DNA — and Make You Crave More Alcohol
Binge drinking, which the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) characterizes as more than four or five drinks in a two-hour sitting, and heavy drinking, defined as binge drinking on five or more days a month, can actually change your genetic makeup. A recent study, published in December 2018 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, identified two genes that are subject to change — one affecting the body’s biological clock…
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Last modified: March 26, 2019