Alcohol Addiction Health

What You Affect: Four Common Health Issues Attributed to Alcoholism

If you’ve ever heard that imbibing copious amounts of alcohol is bad, they aren’t lying or stretching the truth. Alcohol can—and will—screw up the body’s natural system and processes. Today, we wanted to talk about some common health issues that are attributed to alcoholism.

Anemia

Any doctor will tell you that anemia refers to the state wherein your body is not producing enough red blood cells. Red blood cells are what carry oxygen to the different parts of your body. If you have been injured in your lifetime, you may notice that blood tends to clot. It is the red blood cells which are responsible for that occurrence.

Drinking too much, it ends up suppressing your body’s natural process of producing red blood cells. If you are anemic, you can end up feeling fatigued despite not doing anything strenuous and your body’s natural processes are hampered and slowed down.

Cirrhosis

All doctors will tell you that liver cirrhosis due to alcoholism is probably the most advanced sort of disease that can afflict one’s liver. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the function of the liver, you may want to focus on this. The liver is the organ which filters out any harmful toxins in our blood. The liver is also responsible for the deconstruction of proteins so that our body can use it.

If the liver sustains heavy damage because of excessive drinking, there is a chance that it will stop working entirely.

Memory Problems

Most people think that alcoholics develop memory problems because of the effects of the alcoholic substance itself. They erringly believe that those with drinking problems are always lost in the alcohol and that their memory—like everything else—seems slurred in the perspective of the alcoholic.

The truth is severe drinking problems can result in Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. This is a brain issue which is the direct result of the lack of vitamin B1 and alcohol abuse.

Osteoporosis

A lot of people do not realize that excessive drinking actually affects bone health. This is particularly true for those that started drinking at a young age. If a person has an alcohol addiction problem, they severely increase their risk for osteoporosis.

Moving Forward…

Knowing what you risk with your body by keeping up regular alcohol binge sessions can help keep things in perspective. Knowing what your body can go through when you keep up your alcohol habit is one sobering thought. We hope that today’s discussion really helps to shine a light on why it pays to stay sober.

Have you felt any adverse effects with your drinking?

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