Non-alcoholic Risks of Alcoholic Beverages

Authors: M. Teřl;  J. Chlumský 1;  O. Rybníček 2
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika TRN FN a LF UK, Plzeň 1Pneumologická klinika 1. LF UK a FTN s poliklinikou, Praha 2Alergologická ordinace II. dětské kliniky FN, Brno
Published in: Čas. Lék. čes. 2004; : 817-822


Alcoholic beverages are a potential source of numerous health risks. The general risks are well known; first of allthey result fromthe contents of the alcohol and their degree is directly proportional to the amount consumed.However,alcoholic beverages contain also a wide range of non-alcoholic components, which can be a source of health risksas well. Some of these substances work through allergic or pseudoallergic mechanisms and such undesired responsecan appear early after the consumption of a small amount of beverage. The article offers a basic survey of alcoholicbeverages; it mentions important technological procedures of their production stating also the most significantresulting components of their individual types. A special attention is paid to the non-alcoholic components, whichcan be the cause of undesired effects on the human health.

Key words:
alcoholic beverages, allergy, intolerance, carcinogens, saccharides, sulphites, histamine.

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