Effects of using drugs and alcohol on your system

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Many people who drink alcohol or use drugs do so because it makes them “happy or more alert,” the actual effects the drug and or alcohol abuse has on the body actually lowers activities within the central nervous system. Alcohol for one is a sedative not an upper as it might make users feel initially.

Excessive intake of alcohol affects coordination, muscle memory, and speech which eventually will kill the vital cells in your brain.

Too much alcohol in ones system can even lead to a  life-threatening coma.  Obviously too much of any drug or abusing alcohol is going to kill organs within your body.

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Specifically, the abuse of alcohol can cause the following health issues:

  • Liver problems, including alcoholic hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver. If alcohol addiction is left untreated, alcoholic hepatitis may eventually lead to cirrhosis, the irreversible and progressive destruction and scarring of liver tissue. Drugs used to treat these conditions may have a lessened effect when taken with alcohol.
  • Digestive problems, including gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining. Alcohol addiction can also interfere with absorption of certain vitamins and nutrients, as well as damage the pancreas, which is responsible for producing hormones involved in metabolism as well as making enzymes that help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • Heart problems, including an increased risk of high blood pressure, and heart attack and stroke.
  • Diabetes complications for diabetics. Alcohol interferes with the liver’s ability to release glucose, which can lead to low sugar levels, a big problem for diabetics.
  • Sexual disorders in both men and women. Alcohol addiction can cause erectile dysfunction in men and disrupt menstruation in women.
  • Eye problems. Over time, alcohol addiction may cause weakness and paralysis of your eye muscles.
  • Birth defects. Alcohol addiction in pregnant women can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, resulting in giving birth to a child who has physical and developmental problems.
  • Bone loss. Alcohol addiction may interrupt the body’s ability to produce new bone material, eventually leading to osteoporosis, which causes a thinning of the bones and an increased risk of fractured bones.
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • An increased risk of cancers may also result from alcohol addiction. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to a higher risk of numerous cancers, including mouth, throat, liver, colon, and breast cancer.

If you or a loved one are suffering from alcohol and or drug addiction the staff at 449Recovery can help.  Our drug and alcohol treatment programs are very accessible and reasonably priced.

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