People have been drinking alcohol for centuries and millennia and they’ve been drinking it until modern days. In 2013 according to a survey there were 136,8 million alcohol drinkers in the US alone, imagine the numbers worldwide? Let’s get something clear from the start, we’re not saying that you need to prohibit alcohol consumption entirely but people seem to be unaware of the negative effects of alcohol abuse. We’re just saying that people need to be informed about the consequences of alcohol consumption and decide for themselves how to proceed.
The most terrifying thing about alcohol is that it’s a slow and silent killer and many people don’t even know the detrimental effects on their bodies until it’s too late. The majority of alcohol related deaths are a result of liver failure, which can be classified into three liver disorders:
- Fatty liver disease
Fatty liver disease happens as a result of extra far accumulation in the liver and is commonly suffered by heavy alcohol users. However, its effects can be reversed if the person stops drinking.
- Alcohol hepatitis
This disease causes damage and swelling to your liver. About 35% of alcohol enthusiasts (heavy drinkers) develop it at some point in their drinking career and are at an increased risk of health complications that may lead to liver failure and have deadly consequences.
- Alcoholic cirrhosis
Cirrhosis is another liver disease that’s manifested with liver tissue scarring and poor liver function. It’s also detrimental for your overall health and most often leads to death.
It needs to be pointed out that the alcohol drinkers mentioned in this article are not the people who drink a glass of wine or two every now and then, we’re referring to people who can’t stop and drink every day for prolonged periods of time. These are the people who can be affected by the abovementioned health complications.
But physiological changes are not the only cause of concern, alcohol abuse has a detrimental effect on the mental state and the brain of the abuser. When we drink alcohol some 33% of the amount we drink goes into the blood, through the stomach. From our blood it gets transported everywhere, including our brain. So, 33% of one drink is not much, but imagine how much alcohol goes to your brain if you drink a liter? That’s why the maximum daily dose as suggested by experts, is 1-2 glasses for men and just 2 for women. Drinking more than this on a daily basis can and will cause serious health complications.
Alcohol and the brain
The alcohol’s effect on the brain varies from one person to the next. Even though it makes us feel pleased and satisfied, over time our dopamine receptors become less receptive and if one gets addicted, quitting is accompanied with withdrawal symptoms.
Moreover, heavy drinker affects memory and motor coordination, as well as other long term and short term effects.
Alcohol and the body
Dr. Ball can’t stress enough the damage our body endures as a result of heavy alcohol drinking on a regular basis. Aside from the brain damage, cognitive impairment, memory loss and motor coordination problems, alcohol abuse leads to a plethora of health problems including liver failure, dementia, delirium and other organs’ failure.
Plus, it should be noted that there’s a strong connection between heavy drinking and sexual assaults and violence.
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