Long-Term Health Consequences of Chronic Alcohol Consumption

People react differently to alcohol. The overall short- and long-term effects that alcohol can have on one’s physical and mental health may be different for another person depending on things like one’s capacity to restrict drinking and one’s tolerance to alcohol.

However, it is undeniable that excessive alcohol consumption can have negative consequences on health, both immediately and over time. This is why it might be necessary to get addiction treatment for alcohol misuse in a specialist drug rehab facility. 

Dependence on alcohol, the result of chronic alcohol misuse and excessive consumption, is known as alcoholism. This puts you at risk for health problems, such as liver damage, that may not show up for years. Read on to find out more about the long-term health consequences of chronic alcohol consumption and why an addiction treatment center might be your best next step. 

Liver Disease 

Liver disease is the term used to describe a wide range of conditions that can cause harm to the liver and interfere with its normal function. Diseases of the liver that are directly attributable to alcohol abuse are called alcoholic liver disease. Due to its central role in alcohol metabolism, the liver is especially vulnerable to the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption. 

Examples of liver disease include fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, alcohol-related hepatitis, and liver fibrosis. Alcohol treatment can help to reduce the problem, although medical treatment may also be necessary. 

Reduced Immune System Efficiency 

There is evidence that drinking alcohol affects how well the immune system works. Even though drinking alcohol in moderation may help the immune system, drinking too much all the time can damage the immune system by reducing the number of immune cells and making infections more likely. Without help from a treatment center, this issue could become life-threatening. 

Malnourishment 

When people drink too much, they often don’t get enough of certain nutrients. This may be partly because of what they eat, but it may also be because their bodies don’t use nutrients as well as they should. Heavy drinking hurts and inflames the lining of the stomach and the digestive tract, which can make it harder for the body to absorb vitamins. Also, drinking too much alcohol can cause internal bleeding, which can lead to anemia from not getting enough iron.

Alcohol Psychosis 

People who use large quantities of alcohol may have psychotic symptoms, which are known as alcohol psychosis or alcohol hallucinosis. 

Symptoms of the disorder might emerge suddenly and go away within a matter of days or weeks; in many cases, they are mistaken for those of schizophrenia. Although uncommon, alcohol psychosis is brought on by excessive alcohol consumption, alcohol withdrawal, or chronic alcohol abuse. If you are suffering from alcohol psychosis, please seek expert help as soon as you can. 

Permanent Brain Damage

When alcohol goes into the body, it moves through the bloodstream from the stomach and intestines to different organs. Heavy drinking causes spikes in the amount of alcohol in the blood, which makes it hard for the liver to process alcohol. So, too much alcohol leaves the liver and goes to other parts of the body, like the heart and central nervous system. 

After that, alcohol moves through the blood-brain barrier and directly affects the neurons in the brain. In the brain and central nervous system, there are more than 100 billion neurons that talk to each other, but many neurons can be damaged or even killed by drinking alcohol because it is a toxin, and this can result in permanent brain damage. 

Osteoporosis 

Loss of bone density is the hallmark of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by an elevated susceptibility to bone fractures due to the weakened state of the affected bones. According to the available data, alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of bone loss and osteoporosis.

Besides potentially decreasing bone formation, alcohol also disrupts calcium balance, vitamin D production, and cortisol levels. Because it lowers inhibitions, alcohol can increase the likelihood of a fall, which could lead to a fracture.

What Can You Do If You Have A Problem With Chronic Alcohol Consumption?

If you or someone you care about is battling alcohol misuse, you probably already know how tough it can be to quit drinking, even when the negative consequences are obvious. However, seeking help from an alcohol rehab center is something that can certainly help. Please get in touch with us if you need advice or assistance, or if you want to know more about our alcohol and drug treatment facilities. We’re ready to help you, and you can rest assured we’re experts in chronic alcohol consumption treatment.

 

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