Drinking alcohol affects every organ in your body. It also adversely affects you psychologically, emotionally and socially. Read on to know more about the effects of alcohol on your body and mind.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It changes the brain’s function by slowing it down.Slurred speech, slower reaction time, impaired vision and hearing, weakened muscles, impaired thinking and memory are commonly seen effects. Long-term alcohol consumption can lead to changes in mood, behavior, coordination and the ability to learn. Binge drinking can lead to blackouts, memory loss and anxiety.
Alcohol leads to increased and irregular heart rate, hypertension or high blood pressure and weakeningof the heart muscle which can lead to heart failure.
The Immune System
Excessive alcohol consumption may lead to immune deficiency, causing increased vulnerability to infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, septicemia, etc.
Initially, alcohol can lead to the development of fat deposits in the liver. Continued excessive drinking can permanently scar and damage the liver, cause liver cirrhosis and even liver failure.
Long termconsumption of alcohol can cause pancreatitis which is a painful condition, causing vomiting, fever and weight loss. It can be fatal.
Alcohol can cause reduced libido and infertility in men. In women, long-term use of alcohol can cause infertility.
Pregnancy and Fetal Development
Prolonged and excessive alcohol consumption can result in irregular periods, preventing conception and increasing the risk of early miscarriage.
Drinking during pregnancy can damage the development of the fetus, leading to mental retardation and birth defects.
Contrary to popular belief that alcohol reduces stress, drinking alcohol actually causes several mental health problems, such as
- insomnia and sleeping problems
- personality disorders
- risk-taking behaviors
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