Health risks of alcohol are many are chronic in nature. What is surprising is that, despite them being known, users of alcohol are still into it in full scale. The gift of life can only be good health and today it is no secret that alcohol consumption can cause major health problems, including cirrhosis of the liver and injuries sustained in automobile accidents. However, if you think that liver disease and car crashes are the only health risks posed by drinking then you’ve got to re-think again. In fact experts researching on the possible links of alcohol consumption were able to establish that there are more than 60 diseases that are associated with alcohol consumption. That is why our focus of this discussion is going to be on the health risks of chronic heavy alcohol drinking so that we can take decisive action in good time. Doctor Dalal Akoury is going to take us through this worthy discussion to impact on us positively. Therefore if you or anyone you know is struggling with alcoholism, then this is an opportunity for you to start it all again by scheduling for an appointment with her today for the commencement of your recovery journey.
Alcohol does all kinds of things in the body, and we’re not fully aware of all its effects says doctor Dalal Akoury, MD, and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. For sure alcohol is a pretty complicated little molecule. The following are some of the conditions that are closely associated with chronic heavy drinking:
Due to the ability of heavy alcohol drinking to cause a number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells to be abnormally low a condition known as anemia, it is equally capable of triggering a host of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath and unsteadiness.
Habitual drinking increases the risk of cancer. Scientists believe the increased risk comes when the body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, a potent carcinogen. Cancer sites linked to alcohol use include the mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, liver, breast, and colorectal region. Cancer risk rises even higher in heavy drinkers who also use tobacco.
Heavy drinking, especially bingeing makes platelets more likely to clump together into blood clots, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. According to one of the landmark studies published in 2005, Harvard researchers found that binge drinking doubled the risk of death among people who initially survived a heart attack. Remember that excessive drinking can also cause cardiomyopathy which is potentially deadly condition in which the heart muscle weakens and eventually fails, as well as heart rhythm abnormalities such as atrial and ventricular fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, in which the heart’s upper chambers (atria) twitch chaotically rather than constrict rhythmically, can cause blood clots that can trigger a stroke. Ventricular fibrillation causes chaotic twitching in the heart’s main pumping chambers (ventricles). It causes rapid loss of consciousness and, in the absence of immediate treatment it can be very fatal triggering sudden death.
Alcohol is toxic to liver cells, and many heavy drinkers develop cirrhosis, a sometimes-lethal condition in which the liver is so heavily scarred that it is unable to function. But it’s hard to predict which drinkers will develop cirrhosis. Some people who drink huge amounts never get cirrhosis, and some who don’t drink very much do get it with women being the most vulnerable group.
As people age their brains shrink, on average, at a rate of about 1.9% per decade. That’s considered normal. But heavy drinking speeds the shrinkage of certain key regions in the brain, resulting in memory loss and other symptoms of dementia.
Heavy drinking can also lead to subtle but potentially debilitating deficits in the ability to plan, make judgments, solve problems, and perform other aspects of executive function which are the higher-order abilities that allow us to maximize our function as human beings. Besides that the nonspecific dementia that stems from brain atrophy, heavy drinking can cause nutritional deficiencies so severe that they trigger other forms of dementia.
Depression has been overtime been associated with alcoholism; nonetheless the question that many are asking is that between depression and alcohol drinking, which one actually comes fast? Several theories had been made and one of them states that depressed people turned to alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate and to ease their emotional pain. But some further studies have established that it was probably the other way around that is, heavy drinking that led to depression.
Heavy drinking can cause epilepsy and can trigger seizures even in people who don’t have epilepsy. It can also interfere with the action of the medications used to treat convulsions.
Alcohol can disrupt the sympathetic nervous system, which, among other things, controls the constriction and dilation of blood vessels in response to stress, temperature, exertion, etc. Heavy drinking and bingeing, in particular can cause blood pressure to rise. Over time, this effect can become chronic. High blood pressure can lead to many other health problems, including kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.
Heavy drinking suppresses the immune system, providing a toehold for infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases (including some that cause infertility). People who drink heavily also are more likely to engage in risky sex. Heavy drinking is associated with a three-fold increase in the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
In addition to causing stomach irritation (gastritis), drinking can inflame the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis interferes with the digestive process, causing severe abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea which is not fixable. Some cases of chronic pancreatitis are triggered by gallstones, but up to 60% stem from alcohol consumption. Finally these are not very good conditions to associate with. Therefore if you or anyone you know, then you can schedule for an appointment with the experts today.