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Long-Term Effects Of Heavy Alcohol Consumption

Posted on March 18, 2020 | Author and Reviewed by: Rose Ann C. Galera, RPh

What are the long-term effects of heavy alcohol consumption?

  1. Puts you at risk for cardiovascular diseases
  2. Different kinds of cancer
  3. Memory loss
  4. Mental health complications
  5. Alcoholism

 

There comes a point in life where we all get exposed to the consumption of alcohol. For many, it could be a celebratory drink for social purposes or to cap off a great night. Whichever circumstances we are in, moderation is habitually considered whenever consuming alcoholic beverages. When drinking large amounts of alcohol, you are immediately put at risk of the effects of heavy alcohol consumption.

But how much alcohol is too much? The recommended intake of alcohol for healthy adults is one drink a day. Studies have shown that individuals that drink more than a hundred grams of alcohol per week have been diagnosed with numerous sicknesses, and can even be a cause of death. Here’s a look at the five most common long-term effects of excessive drinking:

 

Puts You at Risk For Cardiovascular Diseases

woman clutching her chest

If you are on the lookout for ways to prevent heart disease or solutions to improve your heart health, one of the primary causes that are shown for hypertension is the excessive consumption of alcohol. It causes raised blood pressure — the most significant risk factors for having a heart attack or a stroke. Along the side, heavy drinking can cause less efficiency for your blood to pump, which ultimately weakens your heart muscles.

Another factor that triggers the symptoms of cardiovascular disease is obesity. You may want to check your BMI and make changes in your food habits, lifestyle, and alcohol consumption if you’re at an unhealthy weight because alcoholic drinks contain high amounts of calories and added sugars.

 

Different Kinds of Cancer

Cancer not only places your life at high risk. It also comes with many harrowing circumstances such as expensive treatment, limitations to daily activities and a weaker immune system.

Cancer is one of the most terrifying diseases people can think of and heavy alcohol consumption positions you at risk for many types of cancers. This includes the most recurrent — liver cancer, as well as mouth, larynx, esophagus, colon, and breast cancer.

The reason alcohol can heighten your risk for cancer is that when you consume alcohol, your body breaks it down to a chemical called acetaldehyde, which damages your DNA. When DNA is damaged, cancer cells can begin to manifest. You may want to think twice before consuming a massive amount of alcohol, especially if your immune system is weak to reduce your risks of acquiring these types of cancers.

 

Memory Loss

old woman having trouble remembering

Maraming Pilipino ang nakakaranas ng mga sakit katulad ng Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Isa sa mga dahilan at sanhi sa pagkakaroon ng sakit na ito ay ang labis na pag inom ng alak.

Kung napapansin mo, kapag ikaw ay nalalasing o nakakainom ng marami, hindi mo naaalala ang mga pangyayari sa nakaraang araw. Maaari itong maging pangmatagalan na sakit. Ang pag inom ng maraming alak at nakakasira ng iyong hippocampus, na mapanganip sa memory and learning. Babaan ang iyong risk sa mga memory loss diseases at bawasan ang labis na pag-inom ng alak.

 

Mental Health Complications

depressed woman

Consuming more alcohol than what is advised can disrupt the delicate balance of chemicals and processes in your brain that affect your thoughts, feelings, and actions. For many, alcohol can cause feelings of confidence at night outs or social gatherings. However, drinking more alcohol than what is advised can have long-term negative effects on your mental health and could trigger anxiety and depression.

 

Alcoholism

woman passed out due to drinking too much wine

Alcoholism is one of the most devastating effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Once you develop this form of alcohol abuse, you will be less likely to appropriately manage your drinking habits.

Alcoholism can cause harmful side effects, complications, and diseases. You may want to think twice about consuming alcohol daily to prevent you from gradually developing alcoholism. Once you develop this, you will eventually feel as though your body cannot function normally without consuming alcohol and after some time, it will lead to an extensive range of issues with your health, goals, and relationships.

 

Key Takeaway

Ang pag-iinom ng alcohol ay hindi nakakasama kapag ikaw ay may moderation. Ang sobrang pagiinom ng alak ay unti-unti na nakakasira sa katawan at di kalaunan, mararanasan mo ang effects of heavy alcohol consumption. Mabuti na malaman mo ang iyong limitasyon dito upang hindi mapatungo sa life-long illnesses.