Health effects of alcohol

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Drinking to much alcohol will have a effect on your health. What the effects are and if they are permanent depends on a lot of factors.



Health effects of alcohol There are many health effects associated with alcohol and most of them, if not all, are negative effects. Too much alcohol can bring us not only accidents, family problems, psychological problems and problems associated with the law but also problems regarding our organs. What organ processes alcohol? For every gulp of alcohol you drink, the alcohol goes through the mouth going through the stomach. From the stomach, it goes through the small intestine going to the blood vessels of the liver where it is being metabolized. The blood vessels expand when taken alcohol that’s why there is a warm feeling when being drunk and sometimes, the skin turns red or pink. The liver can only process half an ounce of pure alcohol at a time and those which exceeds the limit goes to the heart. Also, too much alcohol can damage the liver cells and produce scar tissues that eventually results to liver malfunction. After passing through the heart, it goes through the blood vessels and pulmonary veins aiming for the lungs. This is why our breath smells like alcohol every time we drink alcoholic beverages. Also, some of the alcohol is released through sweat that’s why a drinker’s sweat smells like alcohol. From the lungs, the alcohol goes through the path of the heart again by passing through the pulmonary arteries. And then, the alcohol will go to and away from the heart through the aorta. Meanwhile, the alcohol can also reach your brain and slows down the impulses making it hard for you to think, have a good vision, speak fluently and move as normal. Eventually, the liver will find time to metabolize all the alcohol you have taken Prolonged use of alcohol After seeing where alcohol passes through once taken in, we already have the idea of what too much alcohol intake for a long period of time can do to our body. There can be many long term effects of alcohol but the most common of them all are liver diseases, malabsorption, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. As the liver malfunctions to give the body a better metabolism because there is too much alcohol to digest, malabsorption can take place. Also, alcoholic beverages when abused for a very long period of time can lead to different types of cancer. But then, chronic alcohol abuse can damage all the organs in the body. When taken during pregnancy, alcoholism can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and cause immediate death to newborn babies.

Alcohol health effects Too much alcohol intake can have comprising health effects to our body. The most common organs affected by alcohol are:    Liver Brain Kidney

Since the liver is responsible for the proper absorption of alcohol, it works to digest alcohol as much as it can. If you consume more alcohol than your liver and other body organs can processes, the liver is being stressed too much. Imagine if you can only read a book per day and you are asked to read 10 books in one day. If you force yourself to do this, your brain, eyes and other organs might be stressed out. If you do this more often, then there is a huge tendency for your organs to be damaged. The same thing applies for alcoholism and the liver. If you abuse the liver frequently, serious liver diseases can be developed. It is possible to experience hardening of the liver as the scar tissues are developed and the liver cannot fully perform its function anymore. The liver actually has more than 1,500 functions and around 300 of these are vital in survival. Imagine if the liver functions become interrupted. The body will have serious problems such as organ failures and this might lead to death. Liver diseases tend to develop from long-term alcohol abuse since too much alcohol will exhaust the liver from metabolizing all the alcohol and for the meantime that the liver cannot metabolize all of them yet, the alcohol goes through the other organs. It goes through the brain. Too much alcohol can result to brain damage as it affects balance, coordination and motor skills. Alcohol also damages the brain tissues in the frontal lobe and cerebellum. Chronic dependence on alcohol can damage the frontal lobes and negatively affects a person’s problem solving capabilities, abstraction, planning, reasoning and memory. Meanwhile, alcohol can bring interruptions to kidney functions. Alcohol can cause changes in the structure of the kidney and thus affects its performance. The kidney is responsible for the regulation of body fluids, electrolytes, sodium and the balance between acid and base. Kidney failure is usually associated with liver diseases induced by alcoholism.

Short term health effect of alcohol There can be many effects, especially the negative ones, that consuming alcohol can bring to us. There are short term alcohol effects that are easy to occur and easy to get rid of. Meanwhile, there are also long term alcohol effects which are more serious, harder to handle and harder to get rid of. What are the short term effects of alcohol? The short term effects of alcohol can vary from the alcohol intake of a person. The short term effects can be seen by drinking alcohol in large amounts that is beyond the recommended allowance given to a moderate drinker. If you drink 3 bottles of beer a night and you easily get drunk, you can see the short term effects of alcohol easily. Some of which are:
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Dizziness Vomiting Slurred speech Distorted hearing Impaired vision Diarrhea Unconsciousness Blackouts Headaches

You can notice that the ones listed are the immediate effect of alcohol when taken in huge amounts in a short period of time. It is very common that alcohol can bring you dizziness in just a few minutes although there are people who can consume lots of alcohol and do not get dizzy. If the alcohol intake is too much, the stomach becomes full and the body cannot digest the alcohol anymore and so drinking more might lead to vomiting especially when the body is used only in digesting small amounts of alcohol. As you consume alcohol with progression, the tendency is for the body to adapt and adjust the metabolic rate of digesting alcohol. This is why newbies tend to vomit a lot than the expert drinkers. Moreover, having too much alcohol than the body can process can lead to the temporary impairment of sense organs and motor skills. In some cases, unconsciousness, blackouts, diarrhea and even memory loss of the things that happened while being drunk can occur. After drinking alcohol, hangover usually occurs and brings mild headaches. Upon continuous drinking of alcohol in large amounts, the long term effects can also occur such as liver diseases. I you are looking for alcoholism treatment options, make sure to find the right one. .

Long term health effects of alcohol As one frequently drinks alcohol too much, long term effects of alcohol can occur. The short term negative effects of alcohol drinking such as vomiting, nausea, headaches, slurred speech and memory loss can already be harmful to an individual, what more if one has the long term negative effects of alcohol? What are some long term effects of alcohol? Intake of too much alcohol damages the organs of the body. This happens since as you take more alcohol than your body can consume, your organs tend to adapt and experience increased intension. As the body digests alcohol one at a time, the alcohol that is not being digested goes into other body parts such as the brain. Other alcohol substances are released through the urine, sweat and other body fluids. The organs will overwork themselves in order to digest the alcohol in your body and prevent them from harming other body parts. This will overwork the liver most especially. With this, the liver will get damaged most probably. Aside from the liver diseases being the most serious in long term alcoholism, there are also other negative effects of alcohol in the body. Some of these effects are:
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Alcohol poisoning Ulcer Gastritis High blood pressure Stroke Nerve damage Brain damage Dehydration Malnutrition Cancer Sexual problems Kidney failure Heart problems Coma Death

You can have any of these diseases by drinking too much and you must be aware that any of these can lead to death. Poisoning the body with alcohol can be the same as poisoning the body with any other poison. Too much alcohol makes the digestive tract thinner and weaker and this can lead to ulcer, gastritis, cancer of the mouth and throat and many others. The most incurable of all the diseases associated with too much alcoholism is liver cirrhosis and it is also the most common problem related to alcohol that leads to death. If you suffer from alcohol addiction have a look at inpatient alcohol treatment.

Social effects of alcohol If you are having troubles with alcoholism, it is not only you who is affected but also the family. They will be the ones to take care of you when you get drunk, pay for the damages that you did while your were drunk and be there to support until you overcome the problem. Because of these, they will have less time for themselves, to study or work and do other things that they want to do because of you. Also, alcohol addiction can lead to an increased tension, quarreling, depression, behavior problems and work problems resulting to relationships becoming unstable which eventually leads to domestic violence and divorce. Outside the family, alcoholism can bring damages to the society. There can be higher rates of crimes such as fraud, sexual offenses, libel, theft, driving offenses and other criminal charges that could be done especially when an alcoholic is out of his mind while doing things. Aside from these, accidents are very much prevalent. Many people drink and drive and get injured or die. It also happens that there are some who get injured or die in accidents. Before the worst unexpected scenario comes, be a responsible person, family member and member of the society and drink alcohol moderately. Since alcohol and drinking is accepted in our social live it is hard to stay away form it. Professional help is sometimes need to help people with their addiction to alcohol.

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