These Are the Bad Effects of Alcohol on Your Body
As it travels through your body, alcohol could wreak havoc all around by leaving some irreparable damages behind. One little sip of wine, beer, whiskey or schnapps stays in your body for almost two hours. It quickly enters the bloodstream, and on its way out, it touches every system and organ in your body. This is how it actually affects some of your organs.
“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
― Bill Hicks
When it reaches the brain, alcohol scrambles messages from different centers, which leads to some problems with storage memories. Movement control becomes a bit difficult, and then everything starts to be blurry. You may even lose your ability to think clearly. When you drink too much, your impulse control is in trouble and drinking for an extended period can shrink the frontal lobes of your brain. In cases of severe alcoholism, consequences could progress to include permanent brain damage and dementia. Withdrawal is also dangerous in these cases, as it can cause seizures and delirium.
Long term usage will break blood vessels in your skin, turn your eyes and skin red, while water retention will be making your face puffy. Your pores will be huge, and your skin will feel colder than usual. Your skin will look old, your complexion pale and you might even get rosacea. Since alcohol contains sugar and salt, drinking can also trigger the hormone IGF-1, which causes over-production of oil in your skin. In the end, it leads to inflammation, bloating, and under-eye bags.
If you are a drinker, your workouts will be less effective. Alcohol hinders your body’s ability to build new muscle and bounce back. For all of this, we can’t blame only hangovers, but alcohol itself reduces the synthesis of protein by 20%. Drinking puts you at the increased risk of weakness, cramps and even atrophy of muscles. Your muscles will be dehydrated, so if you got 10 pounds of muscle mass, within a year, you would get several extra pounds on your stomach.
Two drinks a day can increase your risk of irregular heartbeats by 17%. Moderate drinking might protect your heart, but only if you are in the 15% of people who react well to HDL (the “good” cholesterol). What if you are not? Just a few drinks a day quadruples your risk of a stroke and triples the risk of heart failure. Another thing, if you drink, you are in danger of having high blood pressure and poisoning of the heart muscle cells.
Few drinks are nothing special – what’s the worst thing that could happen? A little heartburn? Well, not quite. Just one binge-night can increase your guts’ permeability. Toxins and bacteria could leak from your digestive system into the bloodstream, causing a dangerous response from the immune system that could lead to liver disease and other problems with your health.
If you are a man, drinking alcohol could decrease your sperm count and the percentage of healthy swimmers. It could also affect the levels of testosterone, and sometimes cause erectile dysfunction. Additionally, it inhibits hormone production and even causes infertility. If you are a woman, excessive drinking could stop your menstruations and make you infertile. It could also increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature delivery. One thing every pregnant woman should know is that alcohol has a huge effect on the development of the fetus – it can cause a range of physical abnormalities, as well as mental ones.
Charles Bukowski once wrote:
“I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn’t have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone. On the other hand, when I got drunk I screamed, went crazy, got all out of hand. One kind of behavior didn’t fit the other. I didn’t care.”
So next time before you decide to go out and drink away all your pain and problems, you should stop and think for a moment – is it worth the lifetime problems that will ensue if you continue down that self-destructive path? Instead, we suggest that you talk to a friend and seek professional help. It might seem like a difficult decision right now, but this one choice will change your health, the way you perceive the world, and even your entire life.
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