A lot of studies have been published indicating that small amounts of alcohol or wine on a regular basis may be good for the heart and lowering of cholesterol, but excess use can lead to irreversible damage. However, the public it appears has failed to understand the difference between one glass of wine and a gallon of alcohol – most alcoholics drink the latter.
Alcoholism is a global problem and surveys indicate that many young people drink excessively, and the problem is not limited to one particular gender, social status or occupation.
No one doubts that regular exercise is good for overall health, but it does not compensate with what has already happened to the body. Damage to the liver is initially silent and appears innocuous, but it can suddenly creep up with profound health consequences.
Says Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, "While it is encouraging to see that people are recognizing that heavy drinking is bad for their health, it is clear that the extent of the damage alcohol does to the body is not getting through to people.
"Regular exercise will not stop the onset of liver disease and other alcohol related illnesses if people continue to binge drink above safe limits."