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12 Health Problems Associated With Persistent High Risk Alcohol Consumption In Wolverhampton Within Alcohol Rehab Wolverhampton

The fact that alcohol consumption can cause major health issues, including cirrhosis of the liver apart from injuries sustained in automobile accidents is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets throughout the world. However, you will need a rethink if you are of the view that only liver ailments and car accident are the only risks caused by alcohol consumption: actually more than 60 diseases have been researched to be related to alcohol consumption.


As someone who studies alcoholism at Bowles Centre for Alcohol Studies (a university) and psychiatry professor at the Chapel Hill School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, James C. Garbutt, MD has said that "Alcohol does all kinds of things in the body, and we're not fully aware of all its effects". This is a molecule which is pretty complicated.


Given below are the 12 conditions which are linked to chronic heavy drinking.

  • Anemia
  • The group of red blood cells carried by oxygen can be made unusually small through excessive intake of alcohol.
  • Several symptoms could be caused by this health problem regarded as anemia, and they include lightheadedness, shortness of breath and fatigue.
  • Cancer
  • According to Jurgen Rehm "Regular alcohol abuse multiplies the effect of cancer," Jurgen is a Ph.D holder, a chairman of Toronto's University, an experienced scientist at the department of addiction policy and the centre for abuse and physiological health, located in Toronto.
  • According to scientists, when the alcohol in the body is transformed into the potent carcinogen known as acetaldehyde, it poses more risks.
  • The mouth, breast, pharynx (throat), esophagus, larynx (voice box), liver and colorectal area are cancer regions associated with drinking.
  • The risk of cancer increases significantly with heavy drinkers who also use tobacco.
  • Heart Disease
  • A heavy drinker is at a higher risk of a stroke or a heart attack since the heavy drinking increases the likelihood of clots forming.
  • It was discovered by Harvard researchers in 2005 that survivors of heart attack will experience increased risks of death if they drink binge.
  • Addicts can suffer from v-fib and AFib caused by cardiac arrhythmia as well as an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), where the heart muscle grows weak and then later stops functioning altogether, when high-risk drinking is involved.
  • Atrial fibrillation is the condition in which the upper chambers to the heart twitch rather than constrict rhythmically can cause blood clots, which can trigger a stroke.
  • The major pumping chambers of the heart are twitched dangerously through ventricular fibrillation.
  • It can lead to unconsciousness and when help is not available immediately can cause sudden death.
  • Cirrhosis
  • In the long run, many heavy drinkers, develop liver cirrhosis due to the toxic effect of alcohol on the liver will be left heavily scarred and unable to work.
  • Determining whether a drinker will develop cirrhosis is not easy.
  • Saitz has mentioned that numerous people who consume large quantities of alcohol never develop cirrhosis while some who consume in moderation developed the condition.
  • Women have been found to be particularly prone to this condition although the reasons are not known.
  • Dementia
  • The brain continues to contract as people mature, averagely at a speed of about 1.9% every ten years.
  • That is the normal condition.
  • The brain weakens faster when an excess dose of alcohol is consumed; this can lead to dementia and other mental illnesses.
  • As Garbutt elaborates, due to high-risk drinking, the brain suffers from diseases that weaken its ability to carryout certain parts of its "executive function," which consists of "the higher-order abilities that allow us to maximize our function as human beings," as well as make preparations, sound decisions, and be analytical.
  • Excessive alcohol intake gives rise to alimental deficit so bad that they can generate more mental deformities, coupled with the fact that the unidentified dementia that originates from brain deterioration.
  • Depression
  • The connection between depression and excessive alcohol consumption has been established, but the question is, which one precedes the other - depression or alcoholism.
  • Depressed people self medicating using alcohol is one of the theories that have been put forward.
  • But it was later discovered that the opposite is true (the extreme feelings of sadness where brought on by high-risk alcohol consumption) by a bigger study carried out in New Zealand.
  • Saitz has mentioned that the search has provided information that depression can improve when heavy drinkers go to the wagon.

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  • Seizures
  • Drinking heavily can also cause epilepsy and trigger seizures even in people who do not have the problem.
  • Drinking can affect the prescribed drugs used for curing seizures.
  • When crystals of uric acid form in the joints, this condition is known as Gout.
  • This gout is normally facilitated by alcohol and some other feeding issues, even though this is mainly genetic.
  • Existing cases of gout could be escalated by alcohol consumption.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • A disruption of the sympathetic nervous system is caused by the consumption of alcohol, which also controls the constriction and the dilation of blood vessels as a response to stress, temperature, exertion, Etc.
  • Blood pressure rise can be caused by heavy drinking particularly drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short time.
  • Over a period of time, the effects can become chronic.
  • Other issues with a person's well-being, such as heart and kidney failure, can also result from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infections like HIV and other STDs (even ones that can cause the inability to conceive), TB, pneumonia, and others can easily get a foothold due the high-risk consumption of alcohol, since it stifles the immune system.
  • There is also a greater likelihood of engaging in unprotected sex among heavy drinkers.
  • According to Rehmn, the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted disease is three times more likely to happen where there is heavy drinking involved.
  • Nerve Damage
  • Alcohol Neuropathy is a nerve disability caused by excessive intake of alcohol, this disorder gives rise to aching pin-and-needles feels, severe lack of sensation, including muscle failure, incontinence, constipation, erectile dysfunction etc.
  • Due to the danger strong drinks poses on nerve cells, alcoholic neuropathy is likely to manifest, it can also be as a result of the lack of dietary associated with alcohol which affects the nerve functions.
  • Pancreatitis
  • The pancreas can also be inflamed by alcohol, in addition to the condition called gastritis which means irritation of the abdomen.
  • Chronic pancreatitis affects the digestive process, resulting to a cruel stomach ache and continuous diarrhoea - Saitz said "it's not curable."
  • About 60 percent of long-lasting pancreatitis cases are related to alcohol use, although some of them are cause by gallstones.