Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Scientists have known for a long time that alcohol is dangerous for the body, and recent research on mice shows additional concerning results. According to an article in sciencealert.com, acetaldehyde, a by-product of alcohol consumption, actually attackes the DNA strands in the blood-forming stem cells they possess. This by-product is permanently damaging and forever altering the double strands in these DNA sequences.
Does our body have a defense against this assault?
Well yes, it’s called acetaldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH). When this compound is working properly in the body, it converts acetaldehyde to acetate, which the body can use as energy.
But what happens from excessive alcohol consumption?
To study this build up of acetaldehyde in mice, researchers genetically engineered them to not have the ALDH that usually breaks this compound down.
"We saw huge amounts of DNA damage in these cells. Bits of DNA were deleted, bits were broken and we even saw parts of chromosomes being moved about and rearranged," Patel says, lead author of the study.
In addition to these results, it’s important to note that 540 million people in Asia carry a mutation in the ALDH2 gene. Which means that these individuals' normal process which breaks down acetaldehyde does not occur. This is why we often see the “red flush” in people from Asia.
All in all, it is becoming more and more apparent that alcohol has serious detrimental effects to our bodies. If drinking alcohol is beginning to destroy your body, mind, and spirit, then contact our experts at SHAW Center for Healing today to help you along the path toward recovery.
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