Alcohol is a terrible substance which adversley affects millions of people everyday. Unfortunately, the person doing the drinking is not the only one who feels the pain of that abuse. Alcohol has a profound impact on families. Domestic violence and divorce are common as a direct result of alcohol consumption. Besides what it can do to hurt everyone in immediate social circles, alcohol has strong and lasting impact on the human body.
By drinking alcohol, even though you may not notice the changes in your personality, everyone else around you will. It may start with sudden changes in your behaviour such as mood swings. Your judgement becomes impaired and you start having problems with relationships. Down the line, you may start to have problems with your job that can lead to obvious financial difficulties and maybe even legal problems that stem from arrests due to drink driving which is a major cause of traffic accidents. As far as your body is concerned, it can only take so much of a beating from alcohol before you start to notice what can become very serious problems.
Alcohol drinking can develop problems such as anemia, which can be brought on by not taking care of yourself physically or nutritionally. Some other common problems can be ulcers, cirrhosis of the liver, hallucinations, dementia, "wet brain" and even death. Drinking alcohol will have a profound affect on the human liver. Being the biggest organ inside the body, it is readily known that it plays a key role in the major functions of the human body. What happens when cirrhosis of the liver occurs is that healthy organ tissue is replaced with bad scar tissue. This bad tissue then keeps the liver from having blood flow through, which in turn stops it from working properly. Some of the early warning signs of cirrhosis of the liver can be abdominal pain, nausea, exhaustion or fatigue, swelling of the ankles and redness of the palms.
If you are already a diabetic, you could have serious problems if you drink alcohol. Many alcoholic beverages, particularly some mixed drinks, contain sugar, thus having the potential to harm a person who has diabetes. Alcohol can also increase serum triglycerides within a diabetic. Because of that and some of the other problems that could develop, diabetics must refrain from drinking alcohol. There have even been recent studies to show that alcohol drinking can even have the effect of shrinking the brain. It has been proven that out of the drinkers studied, they have lighter, smaller brains almost shrunken in nature when compared to people who were not drinkers. Another frightening result of drinking can be the link to certain cancers. Some of the cancers that have been associated with alcohol are cancers of the mouth, larynx and the esophagus.
Of all of the effects that alcohol can have on the human body, the effects on an unborn fetus have proven to be the most horrifying. Would you put alcohol into a baby bottle and have them drink it? Well, then it should be obvious that a pregnant woman should not drink, because whatever the mother eats and drinks, it also goes through the body of the unborn fetus. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a terrible and unfair defect to be placed on a baby, but when a mother drinks during her pregnancy, that syndrome can develop. The unborn child can have problems getting enough oxygen and nourishment, which in turn can lead to poor development of vital organs. Babies who are born with that syndrome can be small at birth, have some facial malformations, have small eye openings, webbed or even missing fingers or toes, organ deformities, learning disabilities, mental retardation and much more.
Effects of alcohol on the body are tremendous and can be equally as deadly. Alcohol's impact is progressive and eventually one aspect or another of a drinker's body will simply give out from the abuse. If you or someone that you know has a problem with alcohol, you should get help or seek treatment as soon as you can. Though some damage may already be done, there is still time to stop further damage and reclaim your life from alcohol by not drinking at all.