Alcohol Abuse Effects

Physical Effects of Alcohol
Mental Health Dangers of Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse Effects Should Not be Underestimated
Alcohol abuse impacts on every aspect of an individual's life

alcohol abuse effects

Alcohol plays such a large part in many lives.

In times of joy, sadness even boredom we wheel out the drink.

Many a house has a drinks cabinet, a fancy bar in the corner or perhaps its own dedicated cellar.

Any excuse for a drink or two.

Yet what is it we are exactly doing to ourselves with this 'elixir of life', this medicine for all our troubles.

If you stick within moderate drinking guidelines then drinking alcohol is just fine and can actually be beneficial to your health.

Stray outside these guidelines and then you are abusing alcohol......

....which means you are using it in a harmful way.

But first let's look at the beneficial effects of alcohol.

Then we can explore alcohol abuse effects, both physical and mental.

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The Benefits of Drinking Alcohol
The Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

There is a general consensus today that drinking alcohol is good for you and that drinking red wine is particularly beneficial.

However this is not a green light to drink as much as you can.

To get the health benefits from alcohol you need to stay within safe limits. 

Alcohol is good for your heart, blood circulation and relieves tension.

Red wine is also good for your heart, circulation and yes, it relieves tension.

On top of all this it contains Resveratrol which is a non-flavanoid that prevents arteries from getting blocked.

So thumbs up to alcohol and particularly red wine. But you have to stay within drinking guidelines to get these benefits.

Drinking outside these limits is dangerous and results in the negative health and social effects of alcohol abuse.

Click on the links below to discover some of the effects excessive alcohol consumption can have on an individual's life.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcoholic Gastritis

Perhaps the most common health complaint of alcoholics is gastritis.

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining which can produce various symptoms, the most common being pain in the abdomen.

Alcohol irritates the stomach lining causing the pain.

If left untreated alcoholic gastritis can become chronic.

For more read alcoholic gastritis.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Alcohol Brain Damage

The relationship between alcohol and dementia is a difficult one for researchers.

This is due to the very nature of dementia and the hurdles this places on objectivity.

Yet it has been long established that alcoholics are at greater risk of dementia symptoms than those who drink safely or not at all.

It is estimated that 4-20% of dementia cases are brought about by alcohol abuse.

For more on the damage alcohol does to the brain read Alcohol Brain Damage.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Self-Help: Stop Drinking

How To Give Up Alcohol is an e-book that provides the tools and resources for those wishing to do something about their drinking without the straitjacket imposed by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Do you want to do something about your alcohol consumption? Have you tried AA and found it not to your liking? If so, then here is an alternative way. Take a look at this and take action today.

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Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Wet Brain

So-called wet brain syndrome is a severe form of alcoholic dementia..

If it is caught early enough, then the effects can be reversed.

If left to run its course, it will kill.

For more, read Wet Brain.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Alcoholism and Hair Loss

It is a widely known that over-consumption of alcohol can be detrimental to one’s health.

However, despite the general notion of alcohol being less than beneficial, the exact effects of it on one’s body still remain a mystery to many.

It is not, for example, commonly known that alcohol, and more specifically alcoholism, can cause hair loss.

Read Alcoholism and Hair Loss for more.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Calories in Alcohol

Alcohol does not make you put on weight

At least not directly.

This doesn't mean you can drink to your heart's content and remain a lithe, fighting machine.

Want to know why?

It's because of the calories in alcohol and how your body metabolizes them.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol Calorie Chart

Want to know how many calories there are in a specific alcohol drink? Want to lose weight and only drink the lowest calorie alcohol?

Take a look at Alcohol Calorie Chart for a comprehensive list of drinks and their calorific content.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms

Unfortunately, alcohol poisoning is not uncommon.

According to research just completed in the United States of America, around 50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported each year, and one person dies per week because of this deadly but very preventable condition.

Learn how to spot the symptoms of alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol Abuse:
Treatment for Alcohol Poisoning

Treatment for alcohol poisoning doesn't begin at the hospital but with those around the sufferer.

Delivering prompt treatment can mean the difference between life and death.

Read treatment for alcohol poisoning for more.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Anxiety and Alcohol

Many people drink to relieve their anxiety and stress, reaching for the bottle to alleviate uncomfortable feelings and emotions is not uncommon.

Generally it is not a problem.

Yet, if it becomes a habit, it can become a major problem

Read Anxiety and Alcohol for more.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcoholic Blackouts

When I was drinking, I would pretend to find it funny when my drinking buddies recounted stories of my drunken antics.

Deep down, however, I was worried because I couldn't remember any of it.

For more on the types and dangers go to alcoholic blackouts.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Alcoholic Cirrhosis

Alcoholic cirrhosis is a terrible disease, that normally occurs after years of heavy drinking.

However, the susceptibility of individuals to alcohol induced cirrhosis varies from person to person and nobody really knows why.

For more on symptoms and treatment go to Alcoholic Cirrhosis.

Alcohol Abuse and Your Health:
Affects of Alcohol

Alcohol is a double-edged sword. Used socially it is of great benefit and yet, if abused it can turn on you and destroy your life.

Explore the disadvantages and advantages of alcohol usage and its long and short term effects on our bodies by reading Affects of Alcohol. You can also follow this link to learn about the physiological effects of alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Alcoholic Hepatitis

Alcoholic hepatitis is a life-threatening condition where the liver inflames and liver tissue may start to die, caused by the excessive and prolonged consumption of alcohol.

As with alcoholic cirrhosis (which it can occur concurrently with), alcohol induced hepatitis is potentially fatal.

For symptoms, causes and treatment read alcoholic hepatitis.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcoholic liver disease can refer to a number of conditions (two - alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis - are listed above).

Find out more on the effects of alcohol on the liver by reading alcoholic liver disease.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol and Weight Gain

Over consumption of alcohol contributes to weight gain because of the excess calories drink provides.

Our bodies tend to store fats around our belly area, and if those extra calories are not used up, then it accumulates there, and so appears the ‘beer belly’.

For more on alcohol, its effect on our weight and tips to minimize weight gain, read alcohol and weight gain.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcoholism Statistics

Alcoholism statistics provide an insight into the costs and damages of alcoholism.

If you want to learn about alcoholism there is nothing like some real numbers to demonstrate the severity of the problem and how it actually affects its victims and the whole of society.

Read alcoholism statistics for more figures on the effects of alcoholism on society.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol Driving

Alcohol and driving is a deadly mix.

This fact, established by epidemiological data together with many controlled studies of alcohol and driving skills, is well-known and generally accepted.

According to the National Institutes of Health: Alcohol is involved in 40% of traffic deaths.

For more on this and blood alcohol levels, read alcohol and driving.

Alcohol Abuse Effects:
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur when someone reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake.

It is essential to learn about alcohol withdrawal symptoms as, if ignored, they can result in death.

For more read alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol Abuse:
Consequences of Drunk Driving

In the United States, drunk driving kills one person every 39 minutes and injures a person every 2 minutes.

You'd think statistics like these would be enough to put of anyone from getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking. But they're not.

For more on this, the legal consequences of DUI and the personal effects of drunk driving, read Consequences of Drunk Driving.

Alcohol Abuse:
Effects of Alcoholism

There are more than physical effects of alcoholism, every aspect of the alcohol dependent's life is affected by his or her drinking

These effects of alcoholism range from sleeping disorders to marriage problems to debt.

For more on alcoholism's effects on the family, marriage and work read effects of alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcoholism and Depression

Which comes first alcoholism or depression? A difficult question to answer, and one that has many researchers perplexed.

It is a common assumption that there is a link between depression and alcohol but it is difficult to prove.

Read alcoholism and depression for more on the causative relationship between depression and alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol and Cholesterol

Investigations into the association between alcohol and cholesterol levels have revealed surprising, if ambiguous results.

Read Alcohol and Cholesterol and discover how trials on the relationship between alcohol and cholesterol revealed an important effect on the participants' HDL levels.

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