When you drink you may feel like you are the life of the party and invincible, but the truth is that alcohol causes a lot of health problems and other issues. Although alcohol is legal and a socially acceptable substance, many people struggle with alcohol addiction and face legal consequences.
Your liver metabolizes alcohol and then sends it to your brain and other organs through the bloodstream. Your liver can absorb only a small amount of alcohol at a time, leaving the rest to circulate throughout the body. Alcohol is considered a central nervous system depressant and it reduces your heart rate and breathing and slows brain activity. This affects your brain’s ability to respond to messages and function normally.
The effects of alcohol addiction on your body begin immediately. You will experience:
- Reduced inhibitions
- Slurred speech
- Reduced reaction time
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of body heat despite feelings of warmth
Long-term alcohol addiction and abuse causes these effects:
- Liver cirrhosis (scarring)
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Cancers (liver, mouth, throat, larynx)
- Unintentional injuries
Drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time (binging), can cause alcohol poisoning, even the first time. Alcohol poisoning can be extremely dangerous and can lead to death if not treated early.
Body’s response to alcohol poisoning can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dangerously low blood sugar levels
- Difficulty breathing
Alcohol addiction is considered a chronic, progressive disease. There is no specific amount of alcohol required to become addicted. Recognizing warning signs of alcohol addiction can help greatly in lessening damage done to your body.
You may be showing signs of alcohol addiction if:
- You can’t quit drinking or control how much you drink.
- You need to drink more to get the same effect.
- You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking.
- Your relationships have been affected because of your drinking.
- You continue drinking even though you are experiencing health issues.
- You drink alone and at all hours of the day.
- You feel guilty after drinking.
- You make excuses for your drinking.
- You hide your drinking from family and friends.
- You stock up on alcohol to avoid running out. The thought of running out of alcohol makes you panic.
- You have physical signs of alcohol dependence, including weight loss, upset stomach or redness of the nose and cheeks.
If you identify with any of these signs, get it touch with one of our addiction specialists.
Cleaning your body of the alcohol toxins is important for your health. You should not abruptly stop drinking alcohol and should never try to detox alone because alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous and even fatal.
The withdrawal symptoms can range in severity, depending on the frequency and amount of alcohol you drink.
Some of the symptoms are:
A severe form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens can cause:
- Severe confusion
The best way to ensure your safety is if you seek treatment at a medical alcohol detox center. After you complete detox, rehab is important to continue your treatment. In an alcohol rehab center, you will learn to use the tools you need to help you manage cravings and build a relapse prevention plan.
If you are pregnant and addicted to alcohol, you should immediately seek professional medical assistance. Drinking alcohol when you are pregnant is harmful for your baby. It can cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which harms your baby’s development. It can cause defects to your baby’s heart, brain and other organs, vision and hearing problems, low birth weight, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
Recovery Connection cares about your well-being. Our addiction specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer all your questions and connect you with an accredited rehab center. Recovery Connection only works with alcohol addiction treatment centers that offer medically supervised detox and personalized alcohol addiction treatment programs.
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Alcohol can be deceiving. We use it to relax, lighten our mood and have fun. However, there is a dark side to the constant use of alcohol that belies the image one thinks of when drinking. If you have been living the dark reality of alcoholism and would like to stop the chaos, we can help. Call Recovery Connection now and find out more about dual diagnosis treatment facilities that are right for you. 866-812-8231. Our trained staff can answer your questions about treatment and addiction. Don’t wait. Help is available now.
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