Top 5 Health Risks Of Alcohol Abuse You Can’t Ignore
There were over 3.8 million alcohol-related emergency room visits from 2010 to 2011.
This means there’s been a fifty percent increase in alcohol-related visits over the past decade. Despite the increased awareness surrounding alcohol consumption, these numbers continue to rise.
At Kyle Emergency Center, our number one priority is the health of our community, and that includes responsible alcohol consumption. During this National Alcohol Awareness Month, we’re going to talk about some of the long-term side effects of alcohol abuse so that you’re equipped to be both a responsible and conscientious drinker.
High alcohol consumption can lead to damage to the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), and increased blood pressure, which in turn causes heart attack and stroke.
That’s right – consuming alcohol in excess is linked to multiple cancers including mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, and colon. Excessive drinking also causes inflammation of the liver, which raises your risk of developing liver cancer.
The liver is the filter of the body. If alcohol is part of your daily routine, your liver is working overtime to keep your body healthy. After years of abuse, it will start to fail, leading to alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Once the damage has progressed to this point, it is often irreversible and you may need a liver transplant.
Heavy alcohol use causes inflammation of the pancreas and after years of abuse, pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can lead to malnutrition, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, and even death.
Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems.
Ulcers aren’t just incredibly painful; they can also wreak havoc on your digestive system. Continued alcohol abuse can cause a whole host of gastrointestinal issues, like leaky gut syndrome. This syndrome causes hemorrhoids, fever, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes, and even memory impairment.
Protecting your future health starts with making changes today. If you’d like guidance on cutting back your alcohol use or for more information about alcohol dependency, visit this page.
It’s important to remember that enjoying a glass or two of wine once a week won’t cause any serious damage to your body. Being a responsible drinker means enjoying alcohol in moderation and being conscientious of the health implications.
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