If you have been drinking alcohol, then the chances are that you know about the negative effects it can have on your body. However, many people don’t realize how much damage they’re doing to themselves when they consume these types of substances. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the negative physiological effects of alcohol abuse and what to do if you think you may be addicted!
The head: the negative effects on the brain and body are often overlooked when it comes to alcohol abuse, but they are very real. Alcohol affects the way you think, feel and act in a variety of ways that can be hard for someone who is not an alcoholic to understand. For example, your heart rate increases causing anxiety or panic attacks; you might also experience confusion if too much blood has gone from your brain to other parts of your body due to drinking too fast; and finally, issues with memory (such as repeated episodes of blackouts).
Liver: one organ that many people don’t realize how much harm alcoholism does is their liver! When consuming these substances over a period of time, cells start accumulating fat globules and the liver starts to necrose. This can lead to permanent scarring of the organ, which causes many other complications for someone that has been drinking regularly.
The Lungs: another area of the body that could experience negative effects from alcohol abuse is your lungs! Alcohol directly affects how you breathe; it also affects the way air moves around inside them (increasing congestion) and indirectly leads to a condition called aspiration pneumonia – this occurs when there’s an inability to clear some fluids because one or more areas in their throat are swollen due to breathing problems caused by alcohol consumption.
Head: finally, alcohol abuse will affect your head too! Some people experience symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, impaired judgement and coordination after consuming these substances for a long period of time.
Liver: the liver can also be negatively affected by alcohol abuse, as it is responsible for removing toxins from the blood stream and breaking down substances (including alcohol). The more you drink, the less effective this organ will become – leading to a buildup of poisonous levels in your body.
Mouth: there are many parts that experienced negative effects when drinking excessively such as mouth! Alcohol consumption could lead to irreversible damage including swelling or ulceration on the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
Bladder: another area which experience changes after excessive drinking is bladder! Alcohol damages cells inside bladder lining; sometimes these cells regenerate but most often they die off meaning if one continued with high amounts of alcohol intake their bladder would eventually lose the ability to function.
Liver: alcohol can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure which is where there’s a breakdown of the organ as well as fatty deposits in the liver. This could lead to internal bleeding, fluid accumulation, and coma or death due to heart attack.
Lungs: drinking excessive amounts of alcohol (more than one drink per day) over many years has been associated with high levels of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Factors that contribute are smoking cigarettes, exposure or inhalation from air pollution like vehicle exhaust fumes and other substances such as asbestos particles. But sometimes just heavy consumption will be enough for this condition; it also causes permanent destruction within lung tissue resulting in breathing difficulties including the inability to clear secretions from the airways, coughing and wheezing.
Head: Alcohol consumption can lead to a host of health problems for the human head including headaches, nausea and vomiting as well as difficulty with balance or coordination. When alcohol is consumed in excess it interferes with certain brain functions such as thinking clearly during periods of intoxication (drunkenness). This results in poor decision making skills which could result in accidents – even death
The Negative Physiological Effects of Alcohol Abuse: Head, Liver & Lungs
Alcohol abuse has been shown to have negative effects on three major organs inside the body; namely the liver, lungs and head. The following are some examples that illustrate what these parts may be experiencing:
Liver: the liver is the organ that has to work overtime in order for alcohol to be broken down, which can lead to complications such as fatty liver (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Alcohol abuse also alters how well the body processes sugar from food, leading to diabetes or hyperglycemia
Lungs: heavy drinking over time may cause inflammation of the air sacs inside the lungs. This affects breathing patterns and prevents enough oxygen from getting into your blood supply
Head: Alcohol consumption can lead to a host of health problems for the human head including headaches, nausea and vomiting as well as difficulty with balance or coordination.