June 24, 2010 in Alcoholism
Alcohol abuse effects, besides dealing with wide range of legal troubles, can be deadly. People who abuse alcohol could develop effects that are irreversible and will suffer from medical ills that will compound their legal woes on top of their loss of friends and family. Effects that will ruin their nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular issues, metabolic, endocrine, skin and blood system.
For the nervous system, an alcohol abuser can suffer seizures or delirium tremens, otherwise known as the DTs, brain dementia, nerve damage and cerebellar degeneration, which is the area of the brain dealing with muscle coordination and balance; for gastrointestinal effects, abusers of alcohol can expect to experience inflammation and irritation of the lining of the esophagus and stomach, an increased incidence of cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx and esophagus, liver damage like cirrhosis or alcoholic hepatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, which eventually will lead to pancreatic failure, chronic diarrhea and chronic pain.
Cardiovascular effects will be arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, elevated fats in the bloodstream; metabolic effects from abusing alcohol will be low blood sugar and lower than normal levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphate in the blood; with the endocrine system, abusers can expect a decrease in testosterone and testicular atrophy, which causes an increase in estrogen and thus the development of breast tissue in men; and finally the skin of an alcohol abuser will notice the effects of what called ‘Rosacea’ and spider angiomas, which is a collection of small blood vessels under the skin indicating liver failure from alcohol.
Some of these symptoms can be short term, while others will be long term. They can clear up in the first years of sobriety or sometimes alcohol abuse effects will never clear up. With all that could go terribly wrong concerning ones body and alcohol abuse, the most devastating effect is the possibility of losing loved ones or even killing someone while driving under the influence. Yet, most alcohol abuse effects have little or no power to make them stop drinking, even when laying in a hospital bed dying from one of the above diseases, they still want to drink more.
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