There are endless negative effects of alcohol abuse. A person could injure themselves, animals, or others by driving drunk or operating heavy machinery. Jobs can be lost, families can be separated, and loved ones can become seriously ill or die. Then there are the associated negative health effects of alcohol to be considered.
Alcohol is a toxin to the human body. It can cause blackouts, disorientation, questionable behavior; a liver disease called cirrhosis, and if not treated, death. Children born to alcoholic mothers may arrive with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can include brain damage, deformities, poor motor skills, and behavior problems for the duration of the child’s life.
Mixing medication with alcohol can cause hallucinations and worse. Light-headedness, loss of motor skills, blurry vision and slurred speech may occur after just a few drinks. Vomiting can be a signal the body is rejecting the ingested alcohol. And since the brain is also affected by alcohol abuse, seizures can occur at any time.
People who drink are also at a higher risk of developing dangerous habits and associating with people who take greater risks. Psychoses can develop, in addition to a greater occurrence of injuries, acid-related peptic disorders, hypertension, and hepatitis. This can result in higher health insurance premiums, work related injuries and frequent emergency-room visits.
Because alcohol affects several of the body’s organs, long-term alcoholism carries more severe health risks. After age 45, heart disease becomes a serious risk, and the damage cannot be undone.
The pancreas regulates blood sugar levels producing insulin. If this balance is interrupted, dangerous inflammation of the pancreas can occur. If this condition occurs, severe abdominal pain and weight loss can have a fatal result. And the final death sentence – It can cause cancer, especially in the mouth, throat and esophagus.
There are so many health risks involved in both short-term and long-term alcohol abuse; there is one big question every potential drinker needs to ask him or herself. “Do I really need this drink?”