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Discussing alcohol – Part 3: Effects of alcohol on various body parts

Discussing alcohol – Part 3: Effects of alcohol on various body parts

March 15 | By Rachael

Alcohol is a vital part of most celebrations. It helps lift up spirits and acts like an invisible adhesive, binding together individuals who would otherwise not flock together. Looking at its ability to help melt away woes and knock down conscious walls, many individuals might consider alcohol to be an elixir and unknowingly abuse it.

Researchers have said that any amount of alcohol is harmful even though experts stress on some health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. Some of the benefits are:

  • Helps reduce risk of developing heart disease
  • Helps lower the risk for ischemic stroke
  • Helps reduce possibility of diabetes risk

Effects of alcohol on various body parts

Alcohol affects different parts of the body in different ways, such as:

Brain: Alcohol can hamper the brain’s communication pathways, altering it physically and chemically. Such modifications can lead to changes in moods and behavior and diminish cognitive function and coordination.

Heart: Repeated drinking over a long period or drinking too much in a single session can take a toll on the heart. It leads to complications like:

  • Cardiomyopathy when heart muscles stretch and become flaccid.
  • Arrhythmias, a condition of irregular heartbeat.
  • Stroke, a phenomenon also known as a brain attack that occurs when the blood flow to a region in the brain is cut off.
  • High blood pressure, a common condition in which long-term exertion against the artery walls is high enough that can eventually lead to a heart disease.

Liver: This organ is responsible for detoxification. He helps metabolize drugs and chemicals. Heavy drinking can have negative consequences on the liver that can cause various problems and inflammations like-

  • steatosis, or fatty liver
  • alcoholic hepatitis
  • fibrosis
  • cirrhosis

Pancreas: It is that part of the digestive system which produces essential enzymes and hormones that aid in breaking down food. It has both endocrine and exocrine functions. Alcohol consumption triggers the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can lead to pancreatitis, a deadly inflammation and swelling of blood vessels that prevents the normal way of digestion.

Cancer: Drinking too much alcohol can aggravate the risk of developing cancers in certain body parts like:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune system: Consumption of too much alcohol can diminish the efficacy of the immune system that makes the body more susceptible to foreign microscopic bodies that can contaminate the immune system and cause diseases. Individuals with chronic drinking problems are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis compared to those who do not drink as much. Additionally, drinking too much on a single session can slow down the body’s metabolism, hamper its capacity to ward off infection and break down sugar and fats up to 24 hours after the consumption of alcohol.

Scope of recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, it is advisable to seek professional help to effectively embrace sobriety. Alcohol abuse can lead to a series of health problems that can affect an individual’s ability to carry forth day-to-day activities, relationships with family members and friends and work. According to a new research, released by Euromonitor International in 2016, alcohol consumption in North America has gone up. In 2014, the U.S bought 29.8 billion liters of alcohol, which jumped to 30.6 billion liters in 2015.

The Colorado Alcohol Addiction Help can provide the best evidence-based treatment plans to get rid of addiction. One should not delay the treatment or the situation can worsen. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-592-9261 to avail the best addiction treatment in Colorado. You can also chat online with our medical advisors for any further information and assistance in locating the best holistic alcohol treatment in Colorado.

 

Read other articles of the series, “Discussing alcohol:”

Part 1: Drinking in college

Part 2: Alcohol-medication interplay can be risky for older adults