Do you enjoy partying and drinking? If the answer is yes, you should know about the effects of alcohol on your body. But especially the effects it can have on your thyroid. Thyroid issues have seemingly become more common, although this may be the result of increased awareness of how common thyroid issues can be.
You should also be aware of how alcohol may affect other areas of the body, including irritable bowel syndrome. But for now, let’s take a look at just the thyroid.
Effects of Alcohol on the Thyroid
If your thyroid is not functioning well, alcohol may contribute to the worsening of existing issues. Alcohol can damage thyroid cells, even healthy ones, which makes it more challenging to maintain a healthy thyroid.
When you start drinking too much alcohol with a bad thyroid, the size of the thyroid increases from swelling before shrinking. The reduction in the size of the thyroid can lead to a loss in the production of cells.
The thyroid is responsible for the production of hormones that regulate every area of the body, including emotions, energy levels, metabolic rate, and so on. Once alcohol becomes involved, hormone production may change, and this can result in negative effects throughout the body.
When a person suffers from a hangover after drinking a lot of alcohol, the thyroid is physically strained and over-worked from fighting off acetaldehyde, which is released from the liver while processing alcohol out of the body and is the reason for hangovers.
Alcohol consumption also leaves a negative impact on the liver and immune system. The functions of the liver and thyroid are closely related, and both release healthy hormones in the body. So when the person drinks more than average amounts of alcohol, both organs suffer.
Drink in moderation
It is always advised to drink in moderation. People with thyroid issues should stay on track when it comes to alcohol. However, drinking once in a while in moderation may not be harmful, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you are taking medication for thyroid issues, it is doubly important to consult with your doctor before drinking as negative interactions can occur.
If you find it too hard to quit alcohol, consider seeking out a support group to learn about some of the causes of alcoholism and practical ways to avoid temptation.