According to the World Health Organization, alcohol is responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide. Alcohol affects all of our major organs when consumed. The liver isn’t the only place where alcohol is doing damage over time.

The effects of alcohol abuse aren’t always obvious, especially to the person doing the drinking. The long-term consequences are scary. Organ donations aren’t enough to heal the damaged caused by alcoholism.

Educate yourself on these five major categories of disease and how alcohol affects your body.

1. Cirrhosis

Alcohol affects the liver a number of ways, with the most deadly being cirrhosis. This disease causes permanent scarring of the liver. Once too many liver cells have turned into scar tissue, the liver can no longer process toxins effectively.

Alcohol poisoning becomes an even greater risk and eventually, the liver begins to die under immense stress. It is urgent that those suffering from alcohol addiction get the help they need.

2. Pancreatitis

Another major organ failure that can happen alongside alcohol poisoning is pancreatitis. The pancreas becomes inflamed just like the liver, leading to the formation of scar tissue. This inflammation is felt in the form of acute stomach pain, stomach muscle spasms, nausea, and vomiting.

Eventually, these symptoms will show up more frequently, to the point where they start causing more serious symptoms. IBS, Crohn’s disease, and diabetes can develop from chronic pancreatitis caused by drinking.

3. Cardiovascular Disease

Drinking heavily can cause blood clots and “sticky” blood in the bloodstream. If platelets start clumping together, this can lead to heart attacks or strokes. Heavy drinking can lead to cardiomyopathy, heart arrhythmia, and fibrillation.

All of these effects contribute to a higher risk of heart failure and sudden death.

4. Nerve Damage

Alcoholics suffer from nerve damage over time. It is distinguished as alcoholic neuropathy because the damage is directly and indirectly caused by alcohol. The alcohol itself is poisonous and one of the major side effects of binge-drinking is lacking proper nutrients to keep the nervous system healthy.

This nerve damage affects sleep, strength, bowel movements, libido, and feelings in the extremities.

5. Brain Damage

Similar to nerve damage, alcohol numbs the brain. It interferes with the brain’s ability to process information, recall memories, speak, walk, and make sound decisions. Brain cells will die and come back, but chronic heavy drinking can outpace the body’s ability to reproduce.

Alcohol addiction is a vicious cycle of making the wrong decisions. Drinkers reach a point where they can’t quit unless they get help.

Preventing the Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Most alcoholics don’t realize that they don’t have the luxury of waiting until the effects of alcohol abuse show up. As soon as these very serious organ problems begin to materialize, the damage is already done. The main goal for any concerned family member or friend should be complete abstinence.

Don’t wait before it’s too late, contact the Socialist Health Association to save someone’s life. They will give you free information to find the help needed to overcome this deadly disease.

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