Exessive Drinking is Dangerous to your Health
The effects of long term drinking can be very damaging to the body and it’s important to know the risks involved.
People drink to celebrate, socialize and relax. Why does alcohol cause people to react differently and feel different? How much to drink is too much? Why do some people become alcoholics and others do not get addicted to alcohol? Houghton House alcohol rehabilitation Centres asks these and many other questions about alcohol and other addictive substances. Throughout history, people have struggled to understand and manage alcohol’s power.
Here’s what we know:
The effect of alcohol differs in reaction from person to person, depending on a variety of factors, including:
How much you drink / How often you drink /What your health status is/Why your Sex is / Your age/ Your family history with substance abuse and alcohol.
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.
Blood Alcohol Percentage
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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