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12 Dangers Chronic Heavy Drinking Poses On Your Health In Plymouth Under Alcohol Rehab Plymouth

The fact that alcohol consumption can cause major health issues, including cirrhosis of the liver apart from injuries sustained in automobile accidents is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets throughout the world. However, you will need a rethink if you are of the view that only liver ailments and car accident are the only risks caused by alcohol consumption: actually more than 60 diseases have been researched to be related to alcohol consumption.


As someone who studies alcoholism at Bowles Centre for Alcohol Studies (a university) and psychiatry professor at the Chapel Hill School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, James C. Garbutt, MD has said that "Alcohol does all kinds of things in the body, and we're not fully aware of all its effects". According to Garbutt, the alcohol molecule is much more complicated.


The following are 12 facts connected to severe alcohol abuse.

  • Anemia
  • The amount of red blood cells that carry oxygen in the body could be drastically reduced by alcohol.
  • This condition which is also identified as anaemia can give rise to a host of symptoms, which can include fatigue, shortness of breath and lightheadedness.
  • Cancer
  • According to Jurgen Rehm, PhD, chairman of the department of addiction policy in the University of Toronto, and a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, "Habitual drinking increases the risk of cancer".
  • When the body uses the alcohol to produce a very strong carcinogen known as acetaldehyde, that is when scientists think the vulnerability to cancer becomes great.
  • The breast, liver, colorectal region, esophagus, larynx, pharynx, and the mouth are the areas of the body that the use of alcohol can cause cancers.
  • Those high-risk consumers of alcohol who also smoke are even more vulnerable to cancer.
  • Heart Disease
  • Blood platelets will probably form clumps, causing the blood to clot, which may cause some heart problems when a person is a high-risk consumer, particularly of excessive amounts.
  • Researchers from Harvard have published as a landmark study in 2005 that binge drinking can double the risk of death among people who may have initially survived a heart attack.
  • Ailments like cardiomyopathy, which weakens the muscles of the heart and eventually destroys it, and some other abnormalities with the rhythm of the heart including ventricular and atrial fibrillation could develop as a result of chronic drinking.
  • The heart can fail because of the blood clots that form due to AFib (Atrial Fibrillation), since the heart's atria (upper chambers) beats at an irregular pace when transporting blood to the ventricles.
  • Chaotic twitching of the ventricles, which do most of the pumping work, is known as ventricular fibrillation.
  • It can lead to unexpected death, if it's not handled urgently, it also brings about loss of consciousness.
  • Cirrhosis
  • In the long run, many heavy drinkers, develop liver cirrhosis due to the toxic effect of alcohol on the liver will be left heavily scarred and unable to work.
  • Determining whether a drinker will develop cirrhosis is not easy.
  • "Cirrhosis may not even happen to the person that drinks so much alcohol; it might happen to the one who doesn't take much drink", as said by Saitz .
  • Women have been found to be particularly prone to this condition although the reasons are not known.
  • Dementia
  • With the passage of time, it is common to notice a shrinking in the brain among people, which stands for an average of 1.9% per decade.
  • This is a perfectly normal occurrence.
  • However, some other important parts of the body shrink due to excessive drinking, and this in turn may lead to loss of memory and other signs of dementia.
  • Heavy drinking can also cause subtle but potentially debilitating deficits within the ability to plan, make judgments, solve problems or perform other aspects of executive function, which are the higher-order abilities that will allow us to maximise our functions as human beings as mentioned by Garbutt.
  • Heavy drinking can also cause nutritional deficiencies, which are severe and can trigger other forms of dementia in addition to the nonspecific dementia which stems from brain atrophy.
  • Depression
  • The relationship between heavy drinking and depression has been debated for a long time since these two things almost always go together, but there is always the argument about which happened first - drinking or depression.
  • In order to minimise their psychological pain when feeling extreme sadness, one individuals usually result to drinking, as stated by one hypothesis.
  • According to the New Zealand research, the reverse is the case - which is, excessive intake of alcohol causes depression.
  • According to Saitz, There are improvements in the condition of depressed people when they go on the wagon.

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  • Seizures
  • Even in people who have no history of epilepsy, heavy drinking can cause this leading to seizures.
  • The function of the drugs that are administered for the treatment of convulsions could also be hampered.
  • GOUT-A is a painful condition, and it is caused by the formation of uric acid crystals within the joints.
  • Though some of these illnesses are inherited, but other nutritional factors and alcohol also contributes to the illness.
  • It does give the indication that alcohol can aggravate existing conditions of gout.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Vasoconstriction of the blood vessels, in reaction to strain, temperature, stress, and many more, is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system, and high-risk alcohol consumption can compromise its operations.
  • The blood pressure could shoot up as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol, especially binge.
  • The symptoms become long-lasting as time goes by.
  • Some other health issues like stroke, heart diseases, and kidney infections could be caused by the high blood pressure.
  • Infectious Disease
  • Drinking heavily can suppress the immune system and provide a toehold for infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, including some, which can cause infertility.
  • There is also a greater likelihood of engaging in unprotected sex among heavy drinkers.
  • According to Rehmn, "alcohol abuse multiples the chances of getting infected with sexually transmitted disease".
  • Nerve Damage
  • On top of myasthenia, involuntary urination and defecation, struggling to empty the bowels, impotence, and other issues, high-risk alcohol consumption is associated with its own type of injury to the nerves called alcoholic neuropathy, which causes the individual to experience a prickling pain or lack of sensation in their extremities.
  • Due to the danger strong drinks poses on nerve cells, alcoholic neuropathy is likely to manifest, it can also be as a result of the lack of dietary associated with alcohol which affects the nerve functions.
  • Pancreatitis
  • An abdominal problem caused by Pancreatitis, and alcohol abuse can increase the effect of this illness.
  • There is no cure of pancreatitis once it becomes chronic according to Saitz and this condition causes high levels of pain in the abdomen and diarrhoea.
  • It is to be noted that about 60% of the cases of pancreatitis are caused by alcohol intake, though a few happen as a result of gallstones.