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The 4 most pronounced long-term effects of alcohol abuse

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.

4 Death

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.

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The 5 most pronounced short-term effects of alcohol abuse

Alcohol is a commonly consumed substance around the world and many people who abuse it never actually realize that they are abusing it until it’s probably too late for them to beat the addiction on their own. One of the reasons for these is that people often don’t know the signs that are associated with alcohol abuse and will often treat them as normal behaviours associated with partying too much.

We hope to use this article to change that misconception by sharing the 5 most pronounced short-term effects of alcohol abuse.

1 Frequent blackouts

One of the common short-term effects of alcohol abuse is the experiencing of frequent blackouts when a person has drank too much and this often causes them to completely forget the events that transpired during the time they were drinking.

2 Alcohol poisoning

Alcohol poisoning will often occur when a person makes the mistake of drinking too much alcohol within a very short time frame whereby the body is not given sufficient time to metabolise the alcohol. This will often result in the depressing of most of the body’s functions and this in a number of occasions has resulted to a coma and even death.

3 Insomnia

Many people take alcohol because it acts as a very good antidepressant however when a person consumes too much of it, it will actually result in insomnia. When a person has consumed alcohol to a point that they can’t seem to be able to sleep then it’s a good indication that they are abusing the alcohol.

4Ataxia

When a person drinks to a point that they can no longer control muscle movements that are meant to be voluntary, this is referred to as ataxia which is essentially a neurological problem.This is an indication that the person has consumed too much alcohol that the cerebellum, which is the section of the brain that controls body movement,has been impaired. This is a clear indication of alcohol abuse.

5 Legal troubles

When people consume too much alcohol, it tends to impair their good judgment and this will often result in them making bad decisions that can potentially put them in problems with the law. Some common legal problems associated with drinking include DUI, assault, and reckless endangerment, among others.

When these short term effects of alcohol abuse go unchecked, they will escalate with time and as the person develops full blown addiction, they will result in more grave effects. It’s therefore a good idea for you to immediately recommend rehabilitation the moment you notice such effects in someone close to you.

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.

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