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The Dangers Of Drinking Heavily In Gloucestershire Under Alcohol Rehab Gloucestershire

The fact that alcohol consumption can cause major health issues, including cirrhosis of the liver apart from injuries sustained in automobile accidents is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets throughout the world. However, if you believe that liver disease and car crashes are the only health risks assosiated with alcohol consumption then you are wrong. More than 60 diseases have been linked to alcohol consumption by researchers throughout the world.


According to professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a researcher at the university's Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies named James C. Garbutt, MD, "Alcohol does all kinds of things in the body, and we're not fully aware of all its effects," It's a pretty complicated little molecule.


Given below are the 12 conditions which are linked to chronic heavy drinking.

  • Anemia
  • The number of erythrocytes (red blood cells) that carry oxygen in the body can be greatly reduced with high risk alcohol consumption.
  • Constant exhaustion, feeling lightheaded and feeling short of breath can all occur if a person is suffering from anaemia.
  • Cancer
  • Jurgen Rehm, the chairman of the University of Toronto's department of addiction policy and also a major scientist in matters to do with addiction has stated that the risk of cancer is much higher in frequent drinkers.
  • Scientists are of the opinion that the enhanced risk rises when the body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is a potent carcinogen.
  • The areas within the body which have been linked to alcohol use include the mouth, pharynx [throat], larynx [voice box], oesophagus, liver, breast and the colorectal region.
  • The risk of cancer increases significantly with heavy drinkers who also use tobacco.
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • A heavy drinker is at a higher risk of a stroke or a heart attack since the heavy drinking increases the likelihood of clots forming.
  • Harvard research workers discovered that binge intake multiples the death rate among those who first overcame heart failure, a milestone research which was released in 2005.
  • Heavy drinking can also cause cardiomyopathy, which is a potentially lethal condition in which the muscles within the heart weaken and eventually fail. It can also cause abnormalities within the heart rhythm such as atrial and ventricular fibrillation.
  • Atrial fibrillation can develop blood clots, in which the atria (the hearts' posterior cavity) jerk uncontrollably rather than steadily, and this can result in a stroke.
  • Ventricular fibrillation can cause chaotic twitching within the main pumping chambers to the heart [ventricles].
  • It can lead to unconsciousness and when help is not available immediately can cause sudden death.
  • Cirrhosis
  • Many Alcohol abusers suffer from cirrhosis and sometimes fatal circumstance that can endanger the liver to a point where it will become incapable of performing; this is how strong drink can be poisonous to your liver cells.
  • But we can't really tell who will fall victim of cirrhosis.
  • According to Saitz, "Some people who drink huge amounts never get cirrhosis, and some who don't drink very much do get it,"
  • Women are more susceptible to this disease for some unexplainable reason.
  • Dementia
  • Every 10 years a person's brain reduces in size by approximately 1.9% as they age.
  • This is a perfectly normal occurrence.
  • The brain weakens faster when an excess dose of alcohol is consumed; this can lead to dementia and other mental illnesses.
  • Garbutt further stated that the ability to execute certain higher level functions such as planning, solving problems and making judgements may also be gradually lowered by consistent heavy drinking.
  • Heavy drinking can also cause nutritional deficiencies, which are severe and can trigger other forms of dementia in addition to the nonspecific dementia which stems from brain atrophy.
  • Depression
  • Information is available from the past that heavy drinking is often accompanied by depression but there have been debates about which one of them arrived initially - the drinking or the depression.
  • One theory that has been highly promoted is that depressed people begin consuming alcohol in an attempt which is seen as self-medication to ease the emotional pain they feel.
  • However, the probability that it was the alcohol that brought on the depression is quite high too based on the evidence that was acquired from a study in New Zealand.
  • According to Saitz, There are improvements in the condition of depressed people when they go on the wagon.

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  • Seizures
  • Drinking heavily can also cause epilepsy and trigger seizures even in people who do not have the problem.
  • Medicine that is used to treat convulsions may also become less effective due to heavy drinking.
  • GOUT-A is a painful condition, and it is caused by the formation of uric acid crystals within the joints.
  • Despite cases of gout being largely hereditary, it has been mentioned that the consumption of alcohol and other dietary factors also seems to play a role.
  • It does give the indication that alcohol can aggravate existing conditions of gout.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • The sympathetic nervous system that takes care of the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in handling exertion, temperature, stress, and others could be altered by alcohol.
  • The blood pressure could shoot up as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol, especially binge.
  • This condition becomes severe with time.
  • Other issues with a person's well-being, such as heart and kidney failure, can also result from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Infectious Disease
  • Drinking heavily can suppress the immune system and provide a toehold for infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, including some, which can cause infertility.
  • There is also a greater likelihood of engaging in unprotected sex among heavy drinkers.
  • As Rehmn elaborates: "Heavy drinking is associated with a three-fold increase in the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease".
  • Nerve Damage
  • Alcoholic neuropathy is a condition characterised by numbness in the extremities, painful pins-and-needles feeling, erectile dysfunction and muscle weakness and it's a type of nerve damage caused by heavy drinking.
  • Alcohol is toxic to the nerve cells and this is the reason for the alcoholic neuropathy and it could also be because of nutritional deficiencies, which can be attributed to the heavy drinking which may have caused a compromise to the functions of the nerves.
  • Pancreatitis
  • This is a condition characterised by inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Chronic pancreatitis affects the digestive process, resulting to a cruel stomach ache and continuous diarrhoea - Saitz said "it's not curable."
  • About 60 percent of long-lasting pancreatitis cases are related to alcohol use, although some of them are cause by gallstones.