There are many bad health effects of drinking alcohol. I will list all of them in this article. This article is written by me to create awareness among people who drink alcohol regularly and are worried that they will be having some health problems in the future.
In fact, if you are reading this article, I am damn sure that you have some problems with alcohol and you want to know how you can quit drinking. This blog is made for people who are fed up with alcohol and don’t want to be slave of alcohol anymore. If you have still not made a decision to quit alcohol, then probably after reading this article you will think again.
So what are bad health effects of drinking alcohol?
There are many problems that alcohol can cause to your health but let’s start with hangovers. Hangovers are a thing which everyone experiences the next day when they drink alcohol. It is a bade feeling and everyone does this question once in their mind; and that question is “why hell did I drink last night”?
Hangovers are just mild problems that you have whenever you are drinking alcohol. That is your body’s way to tell you that you drank a lot last night. When you wake up in the morning, your throat is dry and you feel that you can’t get up from your bed. I don’t know about you but when I was young I started drinking, i used to recover easily from alcohol. Hangover used to last only for 2 to 3 hours. However when i started abusing alcohol, my hangover lasted for 1 day and I am not exaggerating. It lasted for 2 days also. It was a sign that my body was giving me that I am in trouble. But I ignored it and i kept on drinking. One day came when I was fed up and finally quit.
You can also have other health problems and you can also have mental problems when you abuse alcohol and when you keep drinking alcohol. You might be thinking why you should listen to me. Let me tell you something about myself. I am a recovering alcoholic and i am not drinking for more than a year now. It was difficult initially however, i overcame this addiction. My family is full of alcoholics and in fact, it is considered good to be that way. In fact, they are proud of being alcoholics. My dad has cirrhosis of liver however he has quit drinking and has not been drinking for more than 18 years now. So even, if you are already have any health problems, I can assure that if you leave alcohol, you can get your life and health back again.
Lets start with few things what alcohol can do to your body internally and how it can spoil your health
Do you know that when you drink a lot, it can cause alcohol poisoning. You may be thinking how the hell can alcohol be poison. When you drink a lot and you cannot digest all the alcohol, you should look out for symptoms such as slow co-ordination, passing out, vomiting, slow breathing. If you have ever experienced anything like this, it means that you have experienced alcohol poisoning.
Many people are admitted to hospital because of alcohol poisoning. If you are okay now that means you are lucky.
The second thing that alcohol does to your body is that has bad effects on your liver. If you keep drinking for many years, you can develop liver disease. The worst liver disease you can get from excessive drinking is cirrhosis of liver. There can be scientific explanation to what is cirrhosis of liver. In layman’s terms, it basically means that your liver will not function properly and you will have all kinds of problems because liver is an important organ in your body. It is required for many functions. It is responsible for digesting your food and also removing toxins from your body.
When you drink lot of alcohol, you can develop something that is called a fatty liver. This is the first step in developing liver related problems. Some early symptoms that you can develop when you have problems with your liver is that you can get abdominal pain, you will experience fatigue and not feel well. There are many other symptoms. The good news is that when you stop drinking alcohol for sometime, you can reverse this process of fatty liver and you can become healthy again.
If you keep on drinking then you can develop what is known as cirrhosis of liver. I know someone who has developed cirrhosis of liver in my family. Trust me, it is something that you don’t want. Many people don’t stop drinking when they have cirrhosis of liver and they eventually die. I know one person in my family who did stop drinking and has recovered from cirrhosis of liver and he is my father. I have immense respect for that him. He has proved that no matter how deep you are in alcoholism, you can get out of it.
Your liver cannot communicate with you and you have to use common sense and stop drinking if you are experiencing any kind of pain in your liver. Your liver is on your right side. It is just next to your stomach. So if you are experiencing some kind of pain when you are drinking on the right, you are heading for trouble.
Alcohol can give you diabetes
Alcohol can also cause problems with your blood sugar levels. Alcohol has lot of calories and these calories are empty calories. They don’t help you and in fact, they are a problem for your waist line.
When you drink alcohol, you also have a chance of developing alcohol related diabetes. When you have diabetes you can experience lot of problems in your life. You can have sex problems like you can become impotent if you are a man.
Do you know that when you drink alcohol, why do pee so much. The reason is that alcohol is a diuretic. This means that alcohol gets water out of your body. Diuretics are know to remove water from your body. Your muscles in your body is made of 70% water. This is the reason, your body pains the next day you wake up with one night of excessive drinking. Your throat is dry and you feel like drinking water.
Another problem that alcohol intake can cause to your health is that it can create something which is called hypertension. Hypertension means that you have high blood pressure in your body and your heart has to work extra hard. Hypertension and high blood pressure can be a reason for stroke and heart attack. It is also a life threatening situation. Something that you don’t want to experience.
Another reason for hypertension and high blood pressure is that it can happen when you are overweight and you don’t exercise. It can also happen when you are eating lot of processed food that has lot of salt and is not healthy.
So if after reading this, if you have decided to quit drinking, then I would suggest to read my article on how to quit drinking on your own
I will not suggest cutting out on your drinking. You might reduce your drinking but soon you will drinking again like you drank before. You can also take help by visiting some support groups like AA. They are good but some people don’t like them. One program that helped me to quit alcohol is Alcohol Free Forever. You can get this program if you want to get your life back and don’t want to stay a slave of alcohol anymore.