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Effects Of Long Term Drinking

Effects Of Long Term Drinking

The effects of long term drinking can be very damaging to the body and it’s important to know the risks involved.

Heavy drinkers often tend to miss meals or lack adequate diets and therefore suffer nutritional imbalance and have an impaired immune system. 

Alcohol gets transported to other parts of the body through your blood. The highest concentrations of alcohol are found in the brain, liver, heart, kidneys and muscles.

The amount of alcohol in a person’s blood is measured by the concentration of alcohol in the blood. The alcohol concentration is usually measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 milliliter (ml) of blood. This amount is considerably higher when someone has been drinking more alcohol than the body can handle.

The majority of alcohol a person consumes gets broken down in the liver. This is why liver problems are common with alcoholics.

Because most of the liver breaks down the alcohol, it is one of the principal body parts affected by alcohol abuse. One of the effects of long term drinking includes killing your liver cells which can lead to liver cirrhosis. Prolonged excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver cancer.

Approximately 90-98% of the alcohol is degraded by the body. Up to 5% is degraded by the kidneys via the urine. The rest leaves the body through sweat, breath and saliva (also through breast milk). When the body can’t handle all the alcohol and the liver is unable to break down the alcohol, you can go into an alcoholic coma (which can be fatal) and choke on your vomit.

The effects of long term drinking are devastating, not only to the body, but also to relationships.

Houghton House alcohol treatment center based in Randburg, South Africa, specialises in alcoholic treatment and recovery.  Houghton House has been helping patients to successfully beat their alcoholism for the past twenty years.

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