Welcome, Guest: Register On Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,969,293 members, 7,207,820 topics. Date: Friday, 09 December 2022 at 11:11 AM

Long-term Effects Of Alcohol On The Body - Health - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Health / Long-term Effects Of Alcohol On The Body (320 Views)

5 Disturbing Alcohol Effects On The Human Body / 10 Effects Of Alcohol on The Body / No Amount Of Alcohol Use Is Safe, New Studies Finds - Bloomberg (2) (3) (4)

(1) (Reply)

Long-term Effects Of Alcohol On The Body by Dapo92(m): 7:08pm On Aug 06, 2017
Alcohol is the active constituent of alcoholic drinks such as beers, wines and spirits.

Any society where alcohol is freely consumed is invariably afflicted by the problems of acute alcohol intoxication, dependence and alcohol-related disorders.
It is also an important factor in road traffic and industrial accidents, domestic violence, child abuse, physical assault and many more.

You may think you are enjoying, but eventually, your body will have to pay the price.

Effects on the body
Alcohol is a drug, even in small amounts, its effects are noticeable. Prolonged heavy drinking may result in problems.
Its effects cut across all the body systems.

Brain and Nervous System
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. It decreases its activities and thereby reducing anxiety, tension and inhibitions.
Drinking releases excess GABA and dopamine, two naturally occurring neurotransmitters. GABA is responsible for calming the brain down, and dopamine is responsible for pleasure, a part of the brain’s reward system. Too much of these neurotransmitters can lead to shortness of breath, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, night terrors, delusions, hallucinations, spasms, and increased levels of both aggression and depression.

Skin
Alcohol causes facial flushing, which becomes constant in heavy drinkers.

Breasts
Alcohol consumption raises the risk for breast cancer. Research suggests that even so much as one drink a day may increase of person’s risk for breast cancer. Estrogen levels are raised when alcohol is consumed, and an increased estrogen level is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Learn more on breastcancer.org


Pancreas
Excessive alcohol use is a common cause of pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, and it is major risk factor for pancreatic cancer. Heavy drinking also impairs the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, which can lead to diabetes.


Bones
Excessive drinking can accelerate the rate of bone deterioration and increase the risk for bone fracture and osteoporosis. Calcium is necessary from strong, dense bones and when alcohol is consumed it acts as a diuretic and flushes calcium from the bones making them weaker and more susceptible to fracture.

Heart and Circulation
Prolonged heavy drinking can cause coronary heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, and stroke.

Immune system
Drinking heavily reduces your body’s natural immune system. This makes it more difficult for your body to fight off invading germs and viruses.

Digestive System
It causes irritation which may result to ulcer, and gastritis. The effect is because of the alcohol's ability to speed up hydrochloric acid secretion.

Urinary system
Alcohol acts as a diuretic. Increasing urine output. Heavy drinkers are prone to kidney failure.


Reproductive system
It increases sexual confidence, but high level can cause impotence. It causes fetal alcohol syndrome in pregnant women.

Liver
Liver is the main organ responsible for metabolizing alcohol from the blood; it manifests many long-term effects of heavy drinking. Effects include; fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Note: IF YOU NOTICE THAT YOU HAVE THE URGE TO DRINK EVERYDAY, IF YOU ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON ALCOHOL, IF SMALL AMOUNT IS NOT OKAY FOR YOU, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR FOR HELP.

www.universalnursetips.com

Obembe S.D
Re: Long-term Effects Of Alcohol On The Body by simplyhonest(m): 7:28pm On Aug 06, 2017
the age long issue on alcohol.... my simple take on this is... something must kill a man... but choose wisely what you want to die of...

1 Like

Re: Long-term Effects Of Alcohol On The Body by Dapo92(m): 7:38pm On Aug 06, 2017
Everything should be in moderation

1 Like

(1) (Reply)

8 Killer Tips That Will Improve Your Sleep Life / Willing To Donate One Of My Kidney / Learn New Skills And Make Money!!!

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2022 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 52
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.