Alcohol is usually the solution to many a problem. We usually turn to it when we are stricken with stressful issues and are in need of a quick fix. While we do this, we know that alcohol will fix nothing, but we still drink. It usually has a sort of “drowning sorrows” effect that we count on when we drink it in abundance.
Alcohol, however, is a very powerful substance that not only acts as our savior when we are down trodden, but can also have a variety of negative consequences. It affects virtually every body part; from our brains to our livers. The effects of alcohol can either be long or short term. The following article takes a look at the long term effects of continued alcohol use.
Continuous drinking for years and years can have a number of effects on our bodies. It affects our organs and can eventually lead to their demise. The organs most affected by long term alcohol use are the brain, the heart, the pancreas, the liver and the nervous system.
Excessive drinking can lead to increased cholesterol levels in our blood as well as increased blood pressure. Both these issues can lead to further problems such as strokes and heart attacks.
On top of all that, alcohol misuse in the long term can lead to a weakened immune system. This makes us much more susceptible to diseases and infections. A weaker immune system can also have adverse effects on your bones. Weakened bones, naturally, are more susceptible to breakage and fractures than strong bones are.
In short, the health risks connected with long term alcohol use include: high blood pressure, pancreatic, stroke, liver disease, dementia, depression, impotence, infertility, mouth cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of cancer.
There are other problems associated with alcohol misuse in the long term that do not have anything to do with health. These include: domestic abuse, breakup of the family, unemployment, financial issues, homelessness, etc.
Alcohol poisoning is another reality of significant abuse of alcohol. The symptoms of alcohol poisoning include: vomiting, confusion, fits, pale and cold skin, breathing difficulties, unconsciousness, etc.
If you have any combination of these symptoms, it is wise to seek medical advice as soon as possible. It is essential to seek medical advice if you or someone you know has alcohol poisoning. The symptoms can get worse, especially for around the next hour after drinking has stopped and especially if you or the other person has lost consciousness.