Threats From Alcoholism
Alcoholism is one of the most wide-spread problems in the world in terms of substance abuse.
Along with caffeine, alcohol has been shown to be one of the most widely abused substances.
Prolonged alcohol abuse can really take a toll on both the body and the social life of an individual, and in
this article, well explain some of the dangers that are associated with alcoholism in order to clearly show exactly
what types of problems alcoholics face with regards to their health.
One of the organs that is most damaged from the long-term abuse of alcohol is the liver. It is the biggest organ
located inside the human body, and drinking can cause cirrhosis to occur.
Cirrhosis is caused by alcohol, and results in the healthy tissues of the liver being turned into scar tissue,
inhibiting the livers function. Early signs of cirrhosis of the liver may include pain in the abdomen, nausea,
fatigue, and swelling of the ankles.
There are also many heightened risks of cancers that an individual subjects themselves to when they regularly
abuse alcohol over a long period of time.
Alcohol has been indeed classified as a carcinogen by the United States, and one faces an increased risk of
cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and larynx when regularly drinking.
One of the most morbid side-effects that alcohol abuse can have on the human body is known as Fetal Alcohol
Syndrome. When a woman is pregnant and she drinks alcohol, the fetus is exposed to all of the harmful effects of
They may face developmental problems, such as an inability to successfully receive oxygen and nutrition. Also,
the child may end up having several different deformities due to the alcohol consumption, such as malformations of
the face, organ deformities, or mental retardation.
Even when not pregnant, a womans reproductive health can be greatly damaged by an alcohol abuse problem.
Menopause may hit earlier in problem drinkers, and some women with serious drinking problems find that they have
decreased fertility and irregular menstrual cycles.
Men who are heavy alcoholics often are found to have lower sperm counts and weaker sperm than those who do not
drink. There is a long list of other problems that alcoholism can result in when left unchecked.
Did You Know
There are four general rules that are used by diagnosticians to
determine alcohol abuse:
1. Recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to
fulfill major role obligations at work, school, home (e.g., repeated absences or poor work
performance related to substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions, or expulsions
from school; neglect of children or household)
2. Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is
physically hazardous such as driving a car or operating machinery.
3. Recurrent substance related legal problems
4. Continued substance use despite having persistent or
recurrent social or interpersonal problems that are caused or made worse by the substance
The heart is particularly susceptible to alcohols harmful effects.
Alcoholics often have higher levels of blood pressure than the rest of the population, and alcoholics face an
increased rate of heart disease.
Decreased blood flow to the arms and legs is another common side-effect. Heavy prolonged drinking can also lead
to strokes and brain damage.
As you can see, there are plenty of things that alcohol does to damage your body.
In order to help the loved one work through their alcohol addiction, the family members must
accept that they did not cause the alcoholism, they cannot cure the alcoholism, and they cannot
control the alcoholism.
Drinking in moderation may not result in all of the problems listed above, but if you are concerned for your
health and you have a problem with drinking, you should address it as soon as you can in order to limit the
damage that is done to your body and work towards a better tomorrow.