Excessive alcohol consumption is a worldwide dilemma with catastrophic consequences to an individual’s health, his surrounding’s health. It is also a main cause of crimes and ends up with the individual’s death in many cases. Drinking more alcohol than the liver can metabolize not only damages the liver, the alcohol deposits in the blood stream, reaches the heart where it can be distributed to the rest of the body. Here are some of the terrible effects of excessive chronic alcohol consumption:
Liver Damage : The liver is a definite organ susceptible to serious damage because of drinking since it’s where alcohol metabolism occurs. The liver is prone fatty liver which is a case of excessive fat surrounding the liver, alcoholic hepatitis which is chronic inflammation of the liver which results in cirrhosis, or complete hardening of the liver. The symptoms leading to this is minimal and in a case of liver failure, death is inevitable.
Heart Problems : Alcoholism leads to various heart complications including high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias and eventually, a heart attack.
Pancreatitis : In chronic alcohol drinking, a person starts developing painful pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) that necessitates hospitalization.
Effects Immunity : Alcoholism leads to a decrease in WBCs in the circulation resulting in a much weaker immunity and vulnerability to diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Effects the Brain : Besides being a depressant, alcohol interferes with brain receptors resulting in a loss of control in mental and motor skills. Chronic drinking may cause permanent side effects.
Ulcers : Alcohol is capable of inflaming your digestive tract and stomach. It also causes ulcers and bleeding. Alcohol meddles with stomach acid causing acid reflux and heartburn.
Malnourishment : Chronic drinking keeps you from both acquiring a healthy diet and breaking down what you do eat which inhibits its benefits.
Damage Bones : Excessively consuming alcohol weakens the bones due to malnutrition and increases the risk of developing osteoporosis.