Effects of Alcoholism
The effects of alcoholism, chronic alcohol consumption at any level can take a toll on your physical and mental health. But alcoholism, or extreme and constant high levels of alcohol intake, can be devastating. If an overdose or accident isn’t the cause of death, it will most likely be an alcohol-related disorder.
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The Effect of Alcoholism on the Brain
Your alcohol intake changes the way your brain functions and the way it looks. The ability of your neurons to communicate with your body, releasing chemicals and reacting to stimuli as needed, are significantly impaired when you’re under the influence. Even when you are not drunk, when chronic drinking is a problem, your mind is still fuzzy, and you may find it difficult to remember things, respond quickly or function properly.
Alcoholism Negatively Impacts Your:
- Immune System
Alcohol’s Effect on the Heart
Heart problems and disorders are some of the most common effects of chronic alcohol abuse and alcoholism. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), some of the worst offenders include:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat
Common Types of Cancer Caused by Alcoholism
- Breast cancer
- Throat cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Mouth cancer
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal cancer
Alcoholism’s Effect on the Body
From the liver to the pancreas to the immune system, there is not a single body system that is unaffected by the chronic use of alcohol. Liver inflammation and associated disorders (e.g., cirrhosis, fibrosis, steatosis, and alcoholic hepatitis) are one of the most common issues for alcoholics and some of the first disorders to appear after heavy drinking. Because alcohol is a toxin, it can cause the liver to create toxic substances that lead to pancreatitis. It also weakens the immune system, which means that alcoholics are more prone to get diseases like tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Is Alcoholism a Problem for You?
It is estimated that about 18 million Americans are living with an alcohol use disorder – are you one of those people? Some of the signs include:
- Cravings. Do you often feel like you NEED a drink? Do you feel distracted and agitated until you get it? When you do get a drink in your hand, do you feel intensely relieved?
- Compulsions. Do you feel that you are unable to stop drinking once you start? Do you turn to drinking automatically when you are dealing with feelings that are uncomfortable, like anger or depression?
- Tolerance. Do you need to drink more and more before you begin to feel its effects?
- Withdrawal symptoms. When you are without a drink for a period of time or attempt to stop drinking, do you experience physical symptoms like nausea, anxiety, sweating, and other unpleasant feelings?
Today Is the Day That You Change Your Life: Call Now
If your drinking is affecting your physical and mental health, it’s a red flag that the time is now to seek treatment. Through detox and intensive psychotherapeutic intervention, you can learn how to stop drinking today and stay sober tomorrow. Only you can take the necessary steps to make that change. Call now and speak to a representative who can help you find the right alcohol rehab for you.