What Actually Happens To Your Body When You Drink Too Much Alcohol?
The majority of people enjoy heading to the pub on a Friday night for a couple of drinks. However, while a couple of pints or a cocktail or two once a week isn’t going to kill you, alcohol can be incredibly bad for your body. Of course, that’s only if you overindulge and drink a lot of alcohol on a regular basis. The truth is that while going for a couple of drinks every so often won’t harm you, if you drink every day alcohol will start to have an impact on your health.
Even a drop of alcohol has an impact on your body, but not a noticeable one. When you’ve had a few drinks, you’ll notice changes like slurring of your speech, drowsiness, feeling more emotional, and you may also find that you don’t sleep very well. However, come the next day when you’ve sobered up, your body will go back to normal. If you drink a lot of a regular basis, you will start to suffer from long-term side effects – things that won’t go away as easily.
With that in mind, the question is, what are the signs that someone is drinking too much and how does excessive drinking impact the body?
What happens when you drink too much on a regular basis?
When alcohol is drank on a regular basis – say every day – the body starts to expect alcohol and slowly becomes addicted to it. When the body starts to become addicted to alcohol, over time the tolerance level is raised, meaning that higher and higher amounts of alcohol are needed for that ‘buzz’ to be felt. This often leads people who are dependant on alcohol to be able to drink much higher amounts of alcohol than others, as their bodies have become accustomed to it. Eventually, the body will no longer be able to function without alcohol, and the person will become fully dependent on it.
Drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can lead to depression, liver damage, immune system problems, and even cancer. Drinking alcohol on a regular basis can also lead to brain disorders, due to the loss of brain cells caused by the alcohol.
What are the signs of addiction?
Alcohol addiction occurs when the body can no longer function without alcohol. Alcohol affects the brain, and when someone becomes addicted to alcohol, the brain can no longer function properly, unless there is alcohol in the system. This is because the brain isn’t able to send messages to other parts of the body unless alcohol is present in the system.
In terms of the signs of addiction, they tend to differ from person to person. However, as a rule of thumb, the most common signs of addiction are changes in personality, shaking, sweating, trembling, nausea, and insomnia. If you notice any of these symptoms in someone who drinks a lot, it might be time to look at getting them some help. Whether they’re young or old, it doesn’t matter – alcoholism can affect anyone of any age. That’s why there are all sorts of addiction programs, from young adult addiction treatment to treatment for seniors, there’s treatment available for addicts of all ages.
Is treatment effective?
If the person with the addiction wants to get help and get their life back on track, then treatment does tend to be successful. However, if the person doesn’t care about stopping drinking and putting their life back together, then the chances of treatment being successful are low.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about alcoholism and its effect on the body.
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