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Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism can cause death and it took many precious lives from centuries. Not only it lead’s a person towards premature death, but excessive drinking can significantly diminish one’s quality of life as well. Alcohol abuse, particularly over the long term, can impact every part of human body. Being drinking can lead to problems ranging from high blood pressure to heart failure.

There are several side effects of alcoholism some of them are described below:

  • High the risk of cancer
  • Difficulty in the brain to generate new cells.
  • Liver issues including liver failure
  • Poorer outcomes following surgery
  • Brain damage
  • Death due to mixing alcohol with prescription drugs

Studies indicates that alcohol absorbed directly into bloodstream and increases the chances of developing multiple life threatening and chronic diseases. Because it absorbed in blood it has high potential to damage every organ of human body. When a person drink excessively, alcohol lowers their inhibitions so that they may engage in risky behaviors.

Alcohol poisoning usually caused by being drinking cause onset of coma or sometimes even death. The effects of alcoholism are so varied. We’ll focus on some of the most common among many other:

1. Liver Disease

Our liver is responsible for metabolizing and filtering out alcohol’s toxins, which is why it is so heavily impacted by alcoholism. There are three primary types of liver diseases associated with alcoholism, and these are also the biggest causes of death among alcoholics.

  • Fatty liver disease

In this disease, the person often experiences no symptoms. If someone stops drinking, fatty liver disease will usually heal itself.

  • Alcoholic hepatitis

It usually refers to liver inflammation. It can be a progressive disease, and symptoms include vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain and jaundice.

  • Cirrhosis

Finally, the most serious and deadly liver disease associated with alcoholism is cirrhosis. In this the normal liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue. It takes around ten years before this starts to occur in most people. The damage caused by cirrhosis isn’t reversible.

2. Cancer

Alcoholism can increasing the risk of developing many of the most deadly types of cancers. Some of the cancers associated with alcoholism include:

  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Breast
  • Liver
  • Colon
  • Rectum
  • Voice box
  • Oesophagus
  • Pancreas

3. Heart Disease

Alcoholism can increase the chances of death from heart-related diseases and complications. Excessive drinking and alcoholism can lead to rising triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are harmful fats, and they can lead to consuming too many calories, having high blood pressure and heart failure. They can also lead to stroke, sudden cardiac death, cardiac arrhythmia, and cardiomyopathy.

4. Psychological Effects of Alcoholism

There is a two-way link between alcohol and mental health. any person affected by alcoholism can undergo changes in emotional/psychological health that create a risk for other forms of mental illnesss. Conversely, Significant numbers of people with existing mental illnesses put themselves at-risk for alcoholism by attempting to self-medicate their symptoms

  • Depression

Alcohol is a depressant, meaning that it lowers activity in the central nervous system (CNS). Alcohol abuse can cause or worsen feelings of depression.

  • Irritability

Abusing alcohol can increase feelings of irritability. This is especially true if a person is unable to obtain alcohol or cannot drink as much as he or she wants.

  • Anxiety

Alcohol abuse can cause anxiety or worsen an existing anxiety disorder. This is especially true in older adults.

  • Social Withdrawal

Someone who abuses alcohol may begin to drink in isolation or avoid situations where he or she cannot drink excessively. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and loss of interest in activities.

People with existing mental health conditions are at an increased risk of experiencing the negative emotional effects of alcohol abuse. Abusing alcohol can also worsen mental disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.