Alcohol Abuse Effects

Alcohol Abuse Effects

Before you can discuss alcohol abuse effects, it is important to define what abuse is. It is generally accepted that consumption of alcohol beyond two units a day for a woman and three units a day for a man, can pose grave health risks.

A person who regularly drinks more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may face health hazards like weakened functioning of all major organs of the body. While the physical alcohol abuse effects cannot always be reversed, the other side effects may be reduced once drinking has stopped.

Although the guideline limits are clear you and I both know that some people seem able to drink a great deal more than this without getting into trouble. One day however this level of heavy drinking may well take its toll. The other point is that some people have a predisposition to addiction–others do not.

I have known strong young people die within 24 months of embarking on a pattern of heavy drinking. On the other hand I’ve known people who constantly drink above the limits yet live to a ripe old age. Sadly it is almost impossible to tell which category someone falls into until it’s too late.

Alcohol Abuse Effects: Health Hazards

Since alcohol abusers lack a proper diet generally, they tend to suffer from malnutrition due to the absence of almost all essential nutrients from the body. A heavy drinker may suffer from increased chances of low blood sugar because alcohol diminishes discharge of glucose from the liver. This happens especially if the person is already a diabetic and is dependent on insulin.

There are several grave risks to heavy drinking; it can lead to increased chances of damage to heart muscles, cardiac arrest, and high blood pressure. It may also cause erectile dysfunction and even impotence in men. Increased intake of alcohol in women may adversely affect the menstruation and result in foetal alcohol syndrome and other birth defects if it is carried on during pregnancy.

Alcohol adversely affects the nerves, causes nervous disabilities, and weakens the mental ability.
Heavy drinkers are often depressed and are easy prey to cancer of the alimentary canal and of the liver.

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