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Alcohol and its Effects

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Alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream immediately after consumption and distributed throughout your body. About 20% of the total alcohol consumed by us is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. The rest is absorbed while it gets processed through the gastrointestinal tract. Cell membranes are highly permeable to alcohol, so, it can diffuse into almost every biological tissue into the body once it enters the bloodstream. In the long term, this can put your health at serious risk. Only a small amount of it exits your body in your urine and your breath. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are many, putting your health in serious jeopardy and endangering your life. Alcohol consumption causes physical and emotional changes that can do great harm to your body. The absorption of alcohol is slowed down by the consumption of fatty food. Yet, even a small amount of alcohol has an effect on you. However, how quickly it is metabolized depends on your size and gender, among other things. If you drink more than your body can process, you will feel dehydrated, nauseated and sick.

When an alcoholic stops drinking abruptly, they’re likely to experience withdrawal symptoms of, such as:

·        nausea

·        anxiety

·        nervousness

·        tremors

In severe cases, it may lead to seizures, confusion, hallucinations (delirium tremens). Detoxification can take between two and seven days. Medications can help prevent side effects of withdrawal.

Cases of severe, chronic alcohol addiction often require medical detoxification. It may be very difficult to gain control of acute alcohol withdrawal, and this can be life threatening. Acute alcoholic withdrawal can even lead to seizures and delirium. Drink too much, and you lose the ability to think rationally. It also diminishes your impulse control and ability to form memories. Over time, a heavy drinker can become physically and emotionally dependent on alcohol. Unlike most other common addictions. It generally takes less alcohol to affect women as compared with men, because men and women metabolize alcohol differently.

It is important to notice that alcohol also interferes with weight loss. While all of us are aware of the bad effects of unrestricted alcohol consumption, here, I am shedding light on how it affects our brain and body. While it is absolutely fine to have a couple of shots, beers or glasses of wine to relax or have a good time on weekends, it should not go overboard. People on a low carb diet notice their alcohol tolerances significantly drop. Throw a low carb diet into the mix, and you may find yourself struggling with the quantity of alcohol you’re drinking. And when you realize your favorite drink contains more than 30 grams of carbs in a small serving, you may consider giving alcohol up.

High intake of cancer-fighting foods like vegetables, fruit, fish, calcium-rich foods and fibre was associated with a decreased risk of colorectal, lung and breast cancers, while red and processed meat intake, alcohol intake, unhealthy body mass index (BMI), and abdominal obesity were associated with an increased risk. It has been noted that those who most closely followed a style of eating similar to the Mediterranean diet were the most protected from cancer. Being physically active and obtaining enough vitamin D also helped lower cancer susceptibility.

Excessive drinking can actually shrink the frontal lobes of your brain. Severe alcoholism can progress to permanent brain damage, causing dementia. Alcohol easily travels through the body and can quickly reach your brain and other parts of your central nervous system, making it hard to talk, causing slurred speech. It can also affect coordination, interfering with balance and the ability to walk.

Damage to your nervous system can result abnormal sensations in your feet and hands, body aches and numbness. Alcoholism leads to reduced thiamine (vitamin B1) in the body, which may cause weakness, involuntary rapid eye movements or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Disclaimer: The medical and/or nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website.