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The Sober Truth on the Effects of Alcohol Abuse

There’s nothing bad about having a drink or two every now and then or during special occasions. But doing it every day and becoming dependent on alcohol is a totally different story. Alcohol abuse can lead to negative effects on your health. The worst thing is you would hardly see these things until you’re sober.

Here are some of the negative effects of alcohol abuse:

Poor Memory and Possibility of Brain damage

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) says too much consumption of alcohol can affect one’s learning and memory. It doesn’t necessarily affect memory recall, but it does impair the ability to form new memories.

Many alcoholics suffer from thiamine deficiency and some develop Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. This is because the symptoms usually go unrecognized. When there’s no medical intervention, the condition can lead to confusion and paralysis of the nerves that are responsible for eye movement, walking, and muscle-coordination problems.

Increased Risks of Cancer

Alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, including mouth, liver, colon, breast, rectum, mouth, and throat cancers. The chances of acquiring these deadly conditions increase in proportion to the amount of alcohol consumed by the person.

Problems in the Liver and Digestive System

Too much alcohol can cause swelling in the liver, a disease called alcoholic hepatitis. The inflammation can cause scar tissue and develop into cirrhosis. When scarring continues, the liver will lose its healthy tissues until it can no longer function.

Gastritis is another condition many alcoholics suffer from. This is the result of inflammation in the stomach lining due to too much alcohol absorption. When the pancreas becomes affected, digestion and metabolism are also at risk.

Depression

Some people tend to drink to cope with stress and depression. Not many of them, however, know that alcohol itself is a depressant. Thus, it can lead to greater feelings of depression that usually comes with feelings of anxiety, anger, and self-hatred. Other symptoms include fatigue and suicidal thoughts.

Before any of these happen to you, do something to prevent alcohol abuse. Entering a rehab program is one of the best ways to deal with it. Enroll in our rehab course, before it’s too late. Speak with us today.

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