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Lesser Discussed Health Issues Excess Alcohol Causes

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Alcohol is enjoyed by countless men and women the world over, sadly it is also abused by far too many.

Rather than go over commonly discussed ailments that drinking to excess causes, here are some problems that may not be widely publicised, but still have detrimental effects on a person’s health and quality of living:

Delayed digestive system effects:

The link between excessive alcohol consumption and problems with a person’s digestive system are not always connected. This is because these problems do not immediately surface, they become evident after alcohol has caused damage.

They can take the form of tissue damage to the digestive tract that prevents the intestines from correctly digesting food, and from absorbing essential vitamins and nutrients. This can result in a person suffering malnutrition.

Other effects on the digestive system include excess bodily gas, bloating and stomach pains with either loose bowels causing regular diarrhea or constipation causing the painful passing of stools.

Ulcers:

It is commonly known that heavy drinkers are prone to ulcers. These do not appear overnight, but grow more painful over time. Unless they are detected and treated then internal bleeding can cause serious problems.

Hemorrhoids:

Not only embarrassing but extremely painful. Again, they will take time to appear, and may remain for longer than necessary. This is because a person continues to inflame them through excessive alcohol intake and their reluctance to seek treatment.

Cancers:

Those who regularly drink to excess are more prone to contracting a variety of different cancers than those whose alcohol intake is moderate and occasional. Here are 5 cancer risks that are increased:

  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Esophagus
  • Colon
  • Liver

Those who drink to excess and smoke tobacco are further increasing their chances of contracting cancer.

Circulatory system:

Excessive alcohol intake affects a person’s circulatory system and the problems worsen over time. It will affect the heart and lungs. Statistics show that chronic drinkers have a higher risk in terms of contracting heart-related problems.

It is also important for women to understand that if they drink heavily they are more likely to have problems relating to heart disease than men.

Problems with the circulatory system include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive pressure on the heart in terms of pumping blood around the body
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure

Anemia:

We mentioned that excessive drinking causes problems in terms of the absorption of vitamins and minerals from food and that this can lead to varying degrees of malnutrition. It can also cause anemia which is a condition contracted due to a low red blood cell count.

Anemia causes a variety of problems with one of the biggest being fatigue. A person feels listless, is easily tired and their quality of life deteriorates dramatically.

Don’t let delayed health problems destroy your life:

Anyone who is drinking to excess should take steps to reduce or stop their drinking completely. Failure to do so will mean a future that is potentially dogged by long-term physical and mental health problems.

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