Alcohol, when used in moderation doesn’t harm people. But it becomes an addiction when people use it as an excuse to manage social, personal or any other pressures. When alcohol is consumed more than what the body can handle, it leads to a lot of serious health problems. It also leads to destructive behavior that cause harm to both self and others.
Alcohol Abuse – Short Term Effects
Consuming alcohol at lower levels (in safe levels) help in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain conditions like dementia. But when it goes above the safe level (which varies from person to person), they lead to a lot of side-effects. All these side-effects are due to the activity of the brain getting slowed down.
Excess Alcohol Intake leads to
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Loss of Consciousness temporarily
- Loss of bladder control
- Blackouts, Coma or even death
Some of the Short-term effects of Alcohol Use are Slurring of Speech, Emotional Changes, and Drowsiness.
Alcohol Abuse – Long Term Effects
If alcohol is consumed over the long term, it gradually leads to the death of brain cells, thus, resulting in brain disorders. The Dangers of Alcohol consumption don’t stop here. Liver damage is one critical condition and could lead to cirrhosis that requires a liver transplant. It also leads to pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and also causes nerve damage.
One more dangerous effect of alcohol is Tolerance. In this case, the body is accustomed to very high doses of alcohol and the long-term drinker consumes large amounts of alcohol without experiencing any of the short-term effects. This leads to addiction which should be treated immediately.
There are much more to discuss the dangers of alcohol. If you know someone who is a long-time alcohol addict, please take them to a detox program immediately.