Alcohol addiction is the leading cause of many diseases. Chronic alcoholic drinking is linked to liver cirrhosis and the immediate cause of car fatalities. Alcohol affects many organs in the body and can lead to organ impairment.
Alcohol can cause liver inflammation. Frequent alcohol drinking can lead to the irreversible scarring of the liver tissues. Scarring further leads to liver dysfunction, which leads to a number of deaths of chronic drinkers.
Alcohol addiction can disturb the hematologic system, including the blood, bone marrow, spleen and the liver. Alcohol can lower the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Anemia can trigger a number of symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and lightheadedness.
Alcohol drinking elevates the level of fat in the blood called triglycerides, which is the main cause of stroke and high blood pressure. Alcohol is also a cause of a number of heart ailments such as and heart-rhythm abnormalities atrial, cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle) and ventricular fibrillation).
People drinking heavily are the one at higher risk of contracting infectious diseases. Alcohol abuse weakens the immune system. Since alcohol drinking is associated with nicotine and drugs, some alcoholics are more susceptible to have tuberculosis, pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS. This also happens because alcohol and drug abuse triggers the person to engage in risky behavior.
Alcohol addiction is detrimental to the brain as it can lead to memory loss. Alcohol is toxic to the brain, causing Korsakoff's syndrome and dementia.
Alcohol is a depressant that can lessen excitability and arousal level. People with depression tend to have more serious symptoms when they drink heavily. However, alcohol addition can trigger alcohol-induced depression. People who regularly drink a lot have symptoms such as drained energy, inability to sleep, forgetful, pessimistic, body aches, inability to concentrate and irritable.
Alcoholism or alcohol withdrawal can lead to a disease called status epilepticus, or an acute, prolonged epileptic seizure. Alcohol withdrawal seizures happen when some alcoholics develop seizures when they suddenly stop drinking. If you are taking an epilepsy medication, alcohol can interfere with its action.
Alcohol addiction increases the risk of developing cancer. Acetaldehyde, a carcinogen is the byproduct of alcohol, which can cause cancer, including mouth, larynx (voice box), esophagus, pharynx (throat), breast, liver, and colorectal region.
Alcohol addiction can trigger uric acid crystal formation in the joints. Beer seemed to cause the condition more than any type of alcohol. People who already have the disease suffer more when they drink as this is very painful.
Alcohol can raise the levels of triglyceride in the blood that triggers hypertension. Hypertension on the other hand can lead to various diseases such as stroke, kidney disease and heart ailments.