Alcohol has been a part of our civilization from its dawn. Some of the earliest laws were about beer. It is often regarded as a ‘social lubricant’. And while it does serve a purpose, alcohol has been the death of countless number of people as well. What may start as a commonplace social custom may turn into a nightmare of addiction and associated medical complications.
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The most commonly known repercussion of heavy alcohol use is liver cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a condition that builds up over years of damage to the liver, making it so scarred, that it cannot perform its normal functions. The symptoms of cirrhosis are numerous and quite varied. The sufferer may experience tiredness or weakness, as well as some itchiness. However, much more telling signs include a swollen belly, swollen feet, yellow tint of the skin, and prominently visible blood vessels near the skin.
Heavy drinking may cause blood cells (more specifically platelets) to clump together, creating a clot, which can then lead to a heart attack, or more commonly, a stroke. Alcohol also causes heart muscle weakness which may induce cardiomyopathy. Apart from weakening the heart, alcohol can also interfere with the hearth rhythm, which can lead to confusion and disorientation, as well as fits of fainting and even death in the extreme cases. Additionally, it is not uncommon that heavy drinkers develop high blood pressure, adding to an extensive list of potential cardiovascular problems.
Loss of brain function and mass is an inevitability of getting older. However, heavy use of alcohol may significantly speed up this process of degeneration. This may cause, or accelerate the onset of dementia and memory loss of the drinkers. Furthermore, alcohol has been linked to a significant loss of ability to plan ahead and make rational decisions. Heavy drinkers are more likely to fall prey to dementia, rendering them incapable of being productive members of society.
Even though some drinkers drink due to depression, studies have shown that alcohol does nothing to alleviate the emotional burdens of depressed individuals. Studies done on patients with both depression and alcohol problems have proven that depression tended to be significantly reduced in patients who had stopped drinking. Self-medication attempts with alcohol cannot replace the therapy and medication prescribed by a trained professional.
A specific nerve disease called alcoholic neuropathy affects those who abuse the substance in excess for a long time. Alcohol is toxic. The first line of defense are our liver cells. If they prove ineffective, other cells are at risk. If nerve cells are affected, they degenerate quite rapidly, causing the tingly feeling at best, and painful stabbing pain in the more severe cases. Other complications to the nervous system include incontinence, constipation and erectile dysfunction.
Shot immune system
Overall, alcohol weakens the immune system. This causes simple, treatable illnesses to wreak havoc on the body. Sexually transmitted diseases are of particular concern, since intoxicated people are more likely to engage in unsafe sex and contract one of these illnesses. And with the immune system weakened by the constant drinking, these diseases are a much more serious threat than normal.
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