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Any amount of alcohol can affect your body’s health and wellness, and the risk starts from the moment you take a sip.
How does alcohol affect your body? Well, alcohol and its associated risks can have both short-term and long-term effects on your physical and mental health.
The short-term effects of alcohol
The following are some of the short-term effects of consuming too much alcohol on a single occasion:
• lowered inhibitions
• interpersonal conflict
• altered behaviour – including risky or violent behaviour
• mood swings
• loss of coordination
• loss of critical judgement
Drinking too much can harm your health
Several risk variables can influence the effects of alcohol, including the amount of alcohol consumed, your weight, your gender, your medical history, your tolerance to alcohol, as well as other drugs – legal or illegal – mixed with alcohol.
Having a drinking problem doesn’t mean you’re addicted to alcohol, but you could become addicted if you don’t reduce the role alcohol has in your life.
Effects of alcohol abuse on the body
Chronic heavy drinking is linked to many serious health problems. The following are some of the effects of alcohol on the body:
Liver: Chronic alcohol addiction can have serious medical implications, including liver damage. Over time, with consistent alcohol abuse, the liver may become inflamed and/or scarred. Fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis are among the conditions that can affect the liver.
Stomach: Drinking too much can lead to stomach ulcers and internal bleeding.
Alcohol can also cause gastritis, which means stomach inflammation. This can prevent you from absorbing important vitamins from food and increase the risk of cancer.
Pancreas: Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic chemicals, which can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a digestive disorder caused by inflammation of the pancreas.
Intestines: Alcohol abuse can irritate the lining of your intestines and cause inflammation and ulcers or in some cases even intestinal and colon cancer.
Damage to your intestines also affects your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins.
Cardiovascular (CV) system: Alcohol abuse has a variety of effects on the cardiovascular system. High blood pressure, irregular pulse, difficulty moving blood through the body, blood clots, stroke, cardiomyopathy (sagging, strained heart muscle), and heart attack are all associated to excessive alcohol consumption. Also, anemia can be caused by excessive alcohol use, both directly and indirectly through malnutrition.
Reproductive system: Consuming too much alcohol can cause reproductive problems, including erectile dysfunction and irregular menstruation. Both men and women may have reduced fertility with long-term, heavy drinking. Women who drink while pregnant are at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, or having a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder(FASDs).
Bones: Alcohol addiction can lead to a calcium deficiency in the body, which is a crucial vitamin to have healthy bones. Too much alcohol can also disrupt vitamin D synthesis, which is required for calcium absorption. Osteoporosis is exacerbated by a lack of calcium. Osteoporosis raises the chance of bone fractures, which can be very painful.
Alcohol addiction treatment
Addiction of any kind, whether it is to drugs, alcohol, an activity or a person can be life-threatening if left untreated. It is important that the person suffering receives the correct professional treatment and support to enable them to get well and recover.
PCP has a very compassionate and personalised treatment approach to alcohol rehab; rehabilitating each of our clients individually and as a whole.
PCP – Drug and alcohol treatment centres
Our centres have medical professionals ranging from psychiatrists to addiction psychotherapists who facilitate your stay and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
We treat your alcohol addiction using both medical and psychological therapies. Whatever your problem is with alcohol, whether it is binge drinking, alcohol abuse, addiction or dependence, we can help you! Our goal is to help you get over alcohol addiction.
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Contact us today to learn about our admissions process or to confidentially speak with our team about your addiction!
We can collect you from your home and bring you into treatment from anywhere in the UK. All of our treatment centres are easily accessible via road and rail. If you require our help, please speak to one of our advisors.