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Drinking accelerates damage to the body post 40

August 28 | By Rachael

With the trend of middle-aged working people indulging in drinking, the need of the hour is to understand the repercussions of alcohol on such a large proportion of people. When people start approaching their middle age, the risk of witnessing damages due to alcohol increases more than before due to the weakening of the immunity system and other key body functions.

Most people tend to choose a glass of drink over anything to alleviate their miseries. From being an essential ingredient for socialization to being a medication that offers a temporary relief from all kinds of distress, alcohol has been a part of life of nearly 86.4 percent people in the age group 18 and above in the United States. Whatsoever, after a certain time, the pleasurable effects begin to fade out, eventually increasing one’s tolerance and dependence to alcohol.

Being at the peak of their profession, middle-aged men and women are more likely to socialize and indulge in drinking. In fact, successful aging people often exhibit their affluence by drinking to a harmful extent. The risk further peaks in case of single and divorced men. Such middle-aged people are at an increased risk of developing alcohol-related diseases.

Alcohol is known to cause a number of health issues, financial instability, career issues, domestic violence, falls, burns, cuts, suicide, car crashes, etc. According to Paul Wallace, emeritus professor of public health at University College London and medical director of the charity Drinkaware, Alcohol, being a small molecule, can travel to every part of the body, causing substantial damage to the system. From one’s gut to the blood vessels, heart, kidneys, or skin, the effects of alcohol can be inescapable. However, the effects can be more intense and worst post 40.

Multiple effects of alcohol on an aging body

The organs needed to ingest and stabilize the intoxication effects of alcohol, such as the liver and the gut, start to shrink as a person starts aging. Moreover, as one starts aging, the fluids in the body starts reducing, thereby making his or her body dehydrated. This makes it difficult for the organs to break down the concentration of alcohol. As a result, it takes more time for an older person to get over a hangover compared to a 20-year-old person.

Some of the effects of alcohol on the body of an aging person are highlighted below:

  • Cognitive-behavioral and other mental health issues: Alcohol causes excitement and enhances stimulation. It passes through the blood-brain barrier and works as a depressant. Known to inhibit one’s thought process, alcohol can impair judgment, self-monitoring, planning and reasoning skills. The impairing of such key cognitive-behavioral skills over some time leads to the development of compulsive behaviors that can cause serious issues like mood disorders, anxiety and depression. However, the damages caused by alcohol can be reversed after just six months of not drinking.
  • Heart-related problems: People who involve in binge drinking regularly, i.e., three to four units for a man and two to three units for a woman or more per session, may increase their risk of witnessing a stroke. Excessive alcohol use is associated with increased blood pressure that accelerates the risk of a heart attack or stroke, as well as impairs the heart’s ability to pump that increases the risk of heart failure.
  • Cancer: The more a person drinks, the higher he or she increases the risk of cancer. As per the American Cancer Society, alcohol use has been associated with the increased risk of developing cancers of the throat (pharynx), colon and rectum, liver, breasts, esophagus, larynx, pancreas and stomach. As ethanol break down to acetaldehyde, it damages the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and directly impacts the cells that cause
  • Liver diseases: Drinking is associated with an increased risk of developing liver diseases, as well as causing irreparable damages to this vital organ. Due to the excessive intake of alcohol, the liver finds it difficult to handle glucose, which eventually breaks down into fats that results in a fatty liver.

Follow the alcohol-free path

Apart from causing the aforementioned troubles, excessive alcohol intake after a certain age is also associated with the issues related to the skin, weight, fertility, etc. Moreover, other issues, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder, violent behavior, increased unprotected sex, etc., become quite common. Therefore, it is essential to avoid drinking by all means and in case of any fear and inhibition, one should feel free to consult an expert.

If you or your loved one is fighting alcohol addiction, contact the Colorado Alcohol Addiction Help for guidance on the best facilities offering alcohol treatment in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-592-9261 or chat online to know about the alcohol addiction treatment centers in Colorado.