Five Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse



When many people think about the problems that alcohol abuse can cause, they think about drunk driving and the effects it has. However, drunk driving is not the only problem alcohol abuse causes. Alcohol abuse can lead to a number of health conditions. In fact, alcohol abuse has been linked to at least 60 health conditions. Below is a list of the long-term effects of alcohol abuse.

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Cirrhosis

Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to liver inflammation. This inflammation can eventually lead to a condition called cirrhosis. Cirrhosis causes scar tissue to build up in the liver. It is estimated that one out of 10 people who drink alcohol heavily will eventually develop cirrhosis. Keep in mind that women are more likely to develop cirrhosis than men.

Cancer

Many forms of cancer have been linked to excessive alcohol consumption, including liver, breast, colon and prostate. The reason alcohol use can increase the risk of cancer is because the body converts it into acetaldehyde. The acetaldehyde is a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent.

Suppresses the Immune System

Excessive alcohol intake can weaken the immune system. This will make it a lot easier for you to develop a serious illness. People who have a weak immune system are at an increased risk for developing illnesses like pneumonia. In fact, getting drunk decreases the body's ability to fight off illnesses for 24 hours.

Heart Attack

Excessive alcohol intake can make it easier for the platelets to clot. This can cause blood clots to form, which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. There was a study done in 2005 by a team of scientists at Harvard University that involved heart attack survivors. The scientists found that people who drank heavily were twice as likely to die.

Alcohol abuse can also lead a heart condition called cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the heart muscle to weaken, and the heart will eventually fail.

Depression

Many people drink to help themselves feel better when they are depressed. However, studies have shown that alcohol abuse can actually worsen depression. On the other hand, many heavy drinkers notice their symptoms improve after they quit drinking.

Alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on a person's life and health. It can cause a heart attack, cirrhosis, depression and cancer. It may also weaken the immune system.


The above article is a guest post written by Karleia Steiner, a freelance blogger from Moses and Rooth, Attorneys at Law. You can find her on facebook, twitter and google+.

22 comments:

  1. Good article, alcohol might be good when consumed slightly but when consumed in excess to the stage of getting addicted to it it would surely affect the health of such individual . it best to just abstain from alcohol

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    1. Some people believe that as long they don't get drunk from excessive alcohol drinking, there is no harm.

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  2. Alcohol could be disastrous on the long run, thus its advisable to stay clear.

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    1. I've never find any reason to drink alcohol but I won't say it completely bad. In some cold regions of the world alcohol intake is a norm because of the weather condition.

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    2. Alcohol makes your body colder. You shouldnt drink it warm yourself up.

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  3. Alcohol is used in low quantity in some food like cake, barbecues, etc. So it's hard to say we don't take it. However large intake of alcohol can be detrimental.

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  4. This is why alchahol is prohibited in Islam. Thank god that we don't consume it.

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  5. Long term effects of alcohol consumption can also result in severe vitamin deficiencies. Heavy drinking should be avoided!

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  6. In the long run, it is better to skip the habit entirely. Like smoking, drinking can become a dangerous addiction that will impact the lives of others around the addict. Not worth dying for.

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  7. I occasionally drink alcoholic drinks., in our family gatherings we usually drink tea or juice. Healthy living is important.

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  8. Everything should be taken with moderation, including alcohol. In reasonable quantities it warms you up and gives you blood but when you exceed your daily limit, it gets dangerous indeed.

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  9. An interesting post! The effects of alcohol abuse are hideous and it is heartbreaking to see people going through this.

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  10. I'm not an alcohol drinker, and couldn't really understand the attractive-ness of alcohol... Perhaps I'm a believer that you can't escape from your problems forever and have to face them no matter what~

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  11. Glad that I have quit drinking liquors and wines. Its been 35 years since the last time an alcohol-glazed drink touched my lips. Helpful info here.

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  12. I would agree to these long term effects. My Dad died of Cirrhosis and I have only learned it when I was in college. Didn't know he was having it while he's still alive yet inutile. Good reminder to the drinkers.

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  13. i drink but only on occasions and not heavy. i am aware of the consequences but moderation is the key

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  14. I do not drink alcohol, and I do not get the pleasure people feel from drinking it. I do not understand why people have to drink to socialize.

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  15. I think people know these but sometimes they just don't want to quit.

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  16. I think alcohol as a routine habit is already harmful. It could lead to a lot of diseases and weaken the suatem.

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  17. I don't drink alcohol normally. But thanks for sharing these.. I believe an overdose of anything isn't good for the body no matter what.

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  18. Anything we consume too much is always bad. Food, alcohol etc

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  19. If only the alcoholics realize how painful it is for their family members seeing the person suffer from one of these in the future. But still it's the person's choice, we are just here to remind. - KarenT

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