Effects of Alcohol on Muscle

Myopathy is common, affecting up to two-thirds of all alcoholics. It is characterized by wasting, weakness, and myalgia and improves with abstinence. Histology correlates with symptoms and shows selective atrophy of type II muscle fibers. Ethanol causes a reduction in muscle protein and ribonucleic acid content. The underlying mechanism is unclear, but rates of muscle protein synthesis are reduced, whereas protein degradation is either unaffected or inhibited. Attention has focused on the role of acetaldehyde adducts and free radicals in the pathogenesis of alcoholic myopathy.

Alcohol No More

Alcohol No More

Do you love a drink from time to time? A lot of us do, often when socializing with acquaintances and loved ones. Drinking may be beneficial or harmful, depending upon your age and health status, and, naturally, how much you drink.

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