Alcohol and the Body

Alcohol and the Body

Alcohol is very damaging to the human body. The chances are that you’ve felt this damage first hand in the form of what many people refer to as a “hangover.” People who develop drinking problems such as alcoholism often develop severe physical complications due to the way in which alcohol damages the biological functions of the body.

Those that consume large amounts of alcohol are putting themselves at risk for liver damage. The liver can develop scars over time with alcohol consumption, and that scar tissue prevents blood from properly flowing in the liver. This can lead to increased risk of infection due to the liver’s impaired ability to remove toxins from the bloodstream.

Some Signs of Liver Damage

  • Noticing a yellow hue to the skin especially around the eyes
  • Swelling of the stomach, appearing severely bloated
  • Swollen extremities due to fluid buildup in the body
  • Pain and tenderness in the area surrounding the liver
  • Persistent nausea not caused by a virus

Hepatic Encephalopathy

Hepatic Encephalopathy is a serious condition that develops in those who have problems with chronic alcohol consumption. This condition develops when the ammonia levels rise in the blood due to the damaged liver’s inability to process it out. This condition comes with a number of serious side effects.

Side Effects of Hepatic Encephalopathy

  • Chronic shaking in the hands and arms
  • Disorientation
  • Sporadic sleeping patterns
  • Inability to notice things that are obvious to other (taking care of hygiene, swearing in inappropriate places).
  • Seizures and eventually death

Damage to the Esophagus

Alcohol irritates the areas of the body that it comes into contact with. This is bad news for the esophagus. Alcohol can do serious damage to the esophagus over time due to the way that it eats away at the mucous membrane.  This can lead to serious issues with bleeding. This also increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Damage to the Heart

Those who abuse alcohol are putting the health of their hearts at risk. The hearts of those who suffer from alcoholism have to pump harder due to increased triglycerides in the blood. This does damage and severely weakens the heart over time.

The increased triglycerides in the blood also lead to an increased risk of stroke. Stroke often leads to death, but even in the event that the person survives a stroke, they are likely to suffer from severe impairments throughout their lives. Strokes can lead to paralysis and severe cognitive issues, such as problems with speech and memory.

These are Just a Few of The Ways That Alcohol Damages the Body

There are many other negative effects that alcohol use produces on the body. Some of them are more damaging than others, but they all have serious consequences especially over the course of prolonged use.

Staying mindful about the ways in which alcohol can impair the physical functions of the body can help you to get serious about making sure that you are being responsible with the way that you consume alcohol.