Experts agree that a glass of your favorite red wine every day is actually beneficial to your health. A bottle of beer and other alcoholic beverages taken in small amount can ease muscle tension, relieve your stress, and make you fall asleep faster and more soundly. But take note of the key words – small, infrequent amounts.
But what happens if you consume alcoholic beverages as if it were water? What if every waking day of your life is devoted to drinking your favorite alcohol? All experts agree that this will put your health at risk. As early as you can, stop drinking alcoholic beverages. If you can’t, there are women’s alcohol treatment centers to help you.
Effects of Alcohol on Health
The many ill effects of chronic alcoholism on the human body are well documented. Here are some of them.
- Liver problems such as liver cirrhosis and cancer are at the top of the list. Because of the chronic abuse of alcoholic beverages, liver cells become fibrotic which decreases their efficiency in detoxifying the harmful substances present in the blood. This leads to other health problems.
- Problems in the brain because of the abnormal accumulation of substances that the liver failed to detoxify.
- Problems in the heart because of the increase in levels of harmful substances that the liver failed to cleanse; diminishing much-needed oxygen to the muscles of the heart.
- Problems in blood flow because of obstruction in the tubes connected to the liver, in addition to the presence of toxic substances in the blood.
- Problems in the digestive system brought about by changes in gastrointestinal blood flow.
Signs of Alcoholism
How do you recognize these health problems? Here are some telltale signs of alcoholism.
- Slurred speech or speech that you can barely understand
- Pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the hands and feet
- Inability to maintain muscle coordination when driving or doing other activities
- Inability to maintain focus, including the experience of more frequent hangovers
Chronic alcoholism damages your liver. The liver performs many important functions to sustain life. So, take good care of it. Speak with a behavioral therapist or consider an alcohol treatment center if you stop drinking alcohol. It also helps if you share this problem with your family because they can offer you emotional support.