Alcoholism is medically diagnosed as a disease that exhibits itself in the individual’s frequent use of alcohol irrespective of its negative consequences. Death due to alcohol abuse is over 100,000 and is in an ever increasing state; from accidents to organ failures the effect is far and reaching.
Alcohol consumption affects the individual both mentally and physically. Let’s see some of the effects of alcohol.
A lot of people who drink alcohol may believe that alcohol helps them cope with their issues, difficulties, emotional turmoil, stress, anxiety, but alcohol is in fact associated with a range of mental health problems like depression, risk-taking behaviour, disrupted sleeping patterns, anxiety, personality disorders and schizophrenia. Alcohol also affects areas of the brain associated with concentration, judgement, coordination, emotions and behaviour. The Mental Health Foundation also reported that, 65% of suicides has a relation to excessive drinking.
Alcoholism is a progressive and chronic disease; being an cause and effect to a variety of diseases. Alcohol creates a great risk and perpetuates heart disease, stroke, hypertension, liver disease like cirrhosis and hepatitis, kidney damage, nutritional deficiencies, liver, mouth, throat, colon and breast cancer, lung infections, stomach ulcers and bleeding, infertility in woman, damage to the unborn causing foetal alcoholic syndrome, drop in sperm count, osteoporosis, dehydrates the skin, weaken your immune system, increases your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection like HIV, hepatitis and Chlamydia, increases your risk of being injured and getting killed in fact 40% of fatal vehicular deaths and falls are caused due to alcohol.
Alcohol effects on the brain can be through both direct and indirect means. From dementia to brain damage caused due to hormonal and immune systems. Alcohol overall affects an individual’s learning and memory, reasoning and long-term planning. Long-term drinking can also result in permanent brain damage.
Alcohol lowers once inhibitions affecting judgment, lowers attention span, and motor in-coordination, loss of balance, lowers reaction time, blurred vision, confusion, slurred speech, dizziness, effects on mood like aggression or increased affection, and lower ability to feel pain.
Research shows that women are at high risk for alcohol abuse. As women’s blood alcohol concentration tends to be higher, they are at greater risk for damage. Like infertility, menstrual cycles, and even early menopause.
Alcohol has an adverse effect on the social dynamics of an individual. Alcohol has a negative effect on an individual’s personality. From domestic violence, to violent behaviours alcohol is largely to be blamed. Research shows high rates in divorce, child neglect, homicides, etc. Children usually of alcoholic families face psychological and emotional troubles like anger, mistrust, fear, guilt and insecurities. Children of such families also end up being addicts themselves.
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