Who Should Not Drink Alcohol: Medical practitioners do not prescribe alcohol and even if prescribed, it is done very rarely. Alcohol is used However, alcohol is present in various medical preparations as the solvent and for other purposes, such as alcohol is present in most cough formulas and some other liquid medicine preparations.
Although alcohol is not prescribed, it is consumed rampantly, throughout the world, in all cultures and communities. Hence, it is important to know, who should not drink alcohol. A person may not be suitable for drinking for various reasons.
If you have any of the following medical conditions, you should not drink alcohol:
If you are suffering from a peptic ulcer, hyper-acidity problem, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) you should avoid alcohol, otherwise, your medical condition will become worse. A peptic ulcer is an ulcer in part of the gastrointestinal tract, which is exposed to gastric hydrochloric acid (HCl). Commonly ulcer in the stomach and duodenum is called peptic ulcer. In GERD, the lower esophageal sphincter is weak and alcohol can further aggravate the condition by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter and by increasing the secretion of gastric acid.
If you are suffering from severe liver disease because alcohol is metabolized in the liver only.
If you suffer from epilepsy, avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol can precipitate seizure attacks and worsen epilepsy.
If a person has an unstable personality, there is a high risk of alcohol abuse; hence, alcohol should be avoided.
Pregnancy and alcohol drinking: Pregnant women should not drink alcohol, because even moderate drinking of alcohol during pregnancy can cause “fetal alcohol syndrome” in the baby. Fetal alcohol syndrome is characterized by low IQ, intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), post-natal growth retardation, microcephaly (small head and brain), craniofacial abnormalities, and other abnormalities. There are also other abnormalities such as increased risk and susceptibility to infection and neurological impairment. Heavy drinking during pregnancy causes, apart from fetal alcohol syndrome, low birth weight babies, increased risk of miscarriage, and risk of stillbirth.
It is therefore important for individuals who have any of the above medical conditions to avoid alcoholic beverages completely to prevent the risks associated with drinking alcohol.