Most alcohol related problems will often progress gradually, and as a person continues to abuse the alcohol, the side effects will move from being short term effects to long term effects which in most cases are very difficult or impossible to reverse. These are a combination of both health related and socioeconomic problems.
In this article, we are going to look at the 4 most pronounced long term effects of alcohol abuse.
1 Liver damage
When a person consistently takes too much alcohol, it will eventually overwhelm their liver thereby damaging it. This is because it’s the work of the liver to metabolise the alcohol therefore giving the liver the strenuous task of metabolizing the large quantities of alcohol without a break to recuperate will result in irreversible damage. The most common problem associated with this is liver cirrhosis which will result in death if it remains untreated.
2 Brain damage
Alcohol will often get absorbed directly into the blood stream and this therefore gives it direct access to body cells. When a person exposes their body cells on a regular basis to large quantities of alcohol, these cells will eventually deteriorate. Therefore considering that part of the cells that are usually exposed to this excess alcohol are the person’s brain cells, they can be almost guaranteed of damage to these cells which will lead to negative effects on the brain itself as well as the nervous system which will eventually lead to mental healthproblems not limited to cognitive decline, dementia and depressive disorders.
3 Financial problems
Continued alcohol abuse is bound to lead to addiction and this will result into an insatiable craving for alcohol. In many occasions, people will end up spending all their money and even get into debt as they look for money to keep satisfying the urge to drink. This will often lead to financial problems which will be very difficult to recover from as long as the addiction is not dealt with.
One of the very concerning things about alcohol abuse is that as long as it goes on unresolved, death becomes an unavoidable reality. Not only is the alcohol abuser eventually going to die from alcohol related health problems but they also expose themselves to life threatening accidents that will even result in the death of others.
When you notice such effects on a person, it’s advisable to immediately seek professional help as it may be the only hope such abusers have to help them turn their life around.
It’s the proliferation of drugs and substances among the poor populace in some of the underdeveloped nations in the Middle East and Asia that motivates organizations like Cambodia Trust, working through volunteers to engage in interventions aimed at fighting addiction through emphasizing on rehabilitation of addicts. We welcome you to share with us your experiences with drug, alcohol or substance abuse.