Alcohol effects on the body are numerous because it is quickly absorbed and affects all parts of the body.
Side effects occur not only with long-term alcohol use or abuse, but it can also have impacts on the moderate to light drinker over a period of time.
Many people drink alcohol because of the feeling you get as it affects your central nervous system. That loose and comfortable feeling will turn into an adverse reaction when too much alcohol is absorbed in the body. Slurred speech will occur along with a decreased ability to think clearly. Coordination is also affected. This will often result in bad decision making because reasoning is affected by altered impulse control in the brain.
Problems with liver function can result from excessive alcohol use. The liver is a cleansing organ in our body. It is designed to rid the body of impurities. Alcohol is a harmful toxin. When excessive amounts of alcohol have to be processed by the liver, it causes the liver to be overworked and can lead to improper functionality.
The pancreas is also highly affected by alcohol. Alcohol turns into sugar in the body. Because the pancreas regulates glucose and alcohol is supplying harmful amounts of sugar, the pancreas is affected.
The heart is literally the beating pulse of the body. It is adversely affected by alcohol, not only by chronic use and abuse but even from episodic alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption can result in high blood pressure, strokes and heart failure.
Many people do not realize that alcohol also affects the sex life. Because alcohol can inhibit hormone production, women’s menstrual cycles are affected as is erectile function for men. There have also been long term studies on the effect of alcohol on the unborn child.With excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy, physical birth defects are common. The life of the child can also be affected by alcohol after he’s born. Because alcohol and its effects are introduced during the developmental stages, the child can have learning disabilities and emotional issues.
It is undeniable that alcohol may be damaging to your body. Although the initial effect can be pleasant, the long term effects are very harmful.
Pietrangelo, Ann. The Effects of Alcohol on the Body. Retrieved April, 2017.