Drinking too much alcohol, on a single occasion or over time, can have serious affects on your body and can take quite the toll on your health. Below are a few examples of how alcohol can affect your body:
Alcohol can affect the way the brain works and looks by interfering with the brain’s communication pathways. Disruptions due to alcohol can change behavior, mood, and make clear thinking and coordination much harder.
Alcohol can damage the heart, even just drinking too much on one occasion, causing the following problems:
- High blood pressure
- Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
- Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
Drinking takes a heavy toll on the liver and can lead to a variety of problems including:
- Liver failure (drinking too much over time)
- Steatosis, or fatty liver
- Alcoholic hepatitis
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances leading to pancreatitis that prevents proper digestion.
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion can slow your body’s ability to ward off infections.
Think about the effects alcohol is causing on your body this holiday season and call us if you have any questions.