Dangers of Long-Term Alcohol Consumption

Health risks and alcohol consumption are generally thought of when talking about alcohol abuse. What many people don’t realize is that long-term alcohol consumption can affect both alcoholics and those that aren’t necessarily addicted. Alcohol takes almost no time to absorb into the body. It doesn’t need time to digest like other foods and liquids. Many people think that the liver is one of the only organs affected by alcohol but it can reach the brain within minutes and will eventually make it through almost every organ in the body. This can put both alcoholics and frequent consumers.

Long-Term Alcohol Risks

Alcohol consumption has been linked to almost 60 diseases. It affects almost every organ in the body and is one of the only recreational drugs that can do so. Alcohol not only can affect your physical health but also your mental health. It can directly affect the neurotransmitters in the brain such as glutamate, dopamine, endorphins and GABA. All of these transmitters cause different reactions in the body. Because it affects the brain so directly, it can cause psychological problems and side effects. Some of the physical and mental side effects of alcohol consumption include the following:

  • Dependency
  • Liver disease
  • Brain functionality
  • Heart problems
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Health risks associated with alcohol consumption or not just reserved for non-functioning alcoholics. People who frequently consume alcohol and even those who occasionally abuse it are at risk. Sadly, many consumers don’t feel like they are at risk because they “only have a few every night.”

Alcohol Abuse Help

There are many factors that determine whether or not your health may be at risk due to alcohol consumption. You need to determine how much you actually consume. Some studies show that small amounts of wine are actually beneficial. The question for many people though is “how much is too much?” Drinking more than a glass a day or even high consumptions on the weekends may still result in long-term health problems.

The best way to determine whether or not you are having too much alcohol is to call a rehab center. The call is free and confidential. You can casually talk with them about what you are drinking and how much you consume on a daily or weekly basis. More often than not, those who inquire about their alcohol consumption suffer from some level of alcoholism. Rehab centers can also help with this through outpatient programs.

Want to Find More Information About the Risks Involved with Alcohol?

If you are wondering whether or not you might have an alcohol addiction, call us at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. Our trained staff is here to help you make that decision. Not everyone has an addiction but it is good to know the risks involved. There is never any pressure. If you decide you need help then we can even help you determine whether or not your insurance will cover it. Don’t do this alone. Call us today.

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