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Stop Drinking Tips - The Morning After

Jul 18, 2008
The modern way of life brings along with innumerable tensions, be it the mounting levels of stress at the workplace, or the taut strains of social relationships. Consequently, it is not uncommon to find an ever increasing section of society, resorting to as a means of alleviating their stress and thus falling prey to the devastating disease called alcoholism. But their stress-handling mechanism, more often than not, backfires as a majority of these individuals are unaware of the unending cycle of depression they are trapping themselves in. This is because alcohol, by nature, is a depressant. And hence, the more you drink, the deeper you entrench yourself in the very depression you are trying to escape, as to rid yourself of the misery alcohol is causing, you drink even more. And this excessive amount of alcohol that you consume causes severe and often irreparable damage to your body, which can even result in death.

Alcohol begins its journey through your body from the esophagus, from where it passes to your stomach, from where it is assimilated into your bloodstream. This blood is then directed to your liver, where it is broken down into several other chemicals, which in turn are converted into carbon dioxide and water which your system can excrete. This is a long and complicated process which takes your liver a certain amount of time to complete, and if you try to rush it by drinking more alcohol than your liver is capable of converting, the levels of alcohol in your bloodstream can rise to dangerous levels.

Your liver is the worst hit, as alcohol causes large amounts of fats to be deposited in it. This condition is not very severe in its nascent phases and can even be reversed if you cut down on your drinking patterns. If ignored, it can even lead to the inflammation of your liver, a condition which is labeled Alcohol Hepatitis. Hepatitis is not usually discernible at its initial stages, as it does not display any explicit symptoms that are characteristic of it. But once this condition develops into the chronic phase, the liver begins to produce excessive amounts of bilirubin leading to jaundice and ultimately liver failure. Excessive consumption of alcohol also leads to the formation of scar tissue, a process labeled as Fibrosis. This scar tissue damages the cells in your liver and disrupts the production of new cells, thus causing your liver to grow weaker over time and finally results in liver failure. This disease is very difficult to detect and diagnose as the symptoms are often latent for many years and only emerge when the condition is in its most crucial chapters.

Alcohol is also a primary villain in the development of heart disease. Heavy drinking, over a period of time, damages the heart and leads to high blood pressure and even stroke. Further, alcoholism is also known to cause Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, where your heart becomes weakened and enlarged on account of your prolonged alcohol abuse. Excessive intake of alcohol also increases the triglyceride levels, making you more vulnerable to heart disease.

Sustained abuse of alcohol also results in Alcohol Dementia, where your drinking patterns inflict severe damage on your nervous system, negatively influencing your memory, learning abilities and reasoning. With time, you may even begin to experience lapses in your memory which many alcoholics try to cover up with elaborate tales, which is called Korsakoff Psychosis which can even result in paranoia. The alcoholic may also experience difficulties with his basic cognitive functions like reasoning and problem solving which impairs his social and personal interactions.

Prolonged abuse of alcohol also affects the pancreas, causing a severe inflammation which is called Pancreatitis, a condition which may also lead to him contracting Diabetes. Also, the high calorific content of most alcoholic drinks makes the victim susceptible to obesity and high blood pressure. A victim of alcoholism may also be undernourished as alcohol wears out the inner lining of the stomach and thus interferes in the absorption of many essential nutrients, while also impairing the individual's appetite. Alcohol is also directly responsible for the growth of cancerous tissue in the mouth, liver, colon and gullet while also causing erectile dysfunction in males and putting female alcoholics at an acute risk of developing complications during pregnancy.

Although moderate quantities of alcohol can be absorbed by your body and even aid it in the prevention of heart disease, drinking more than three times a day will drastically turn the tables. Hence, as the adage goes, "If you haven't begun to drink, don't start." Indeed, there are several other ways by which you can lower your risk of heart disease like regular exercise and a moderate diet. Remember, one of the most deceptive of all the symptoms of alcoholism, is the victim's inability to recognize his own addiction. And many of the physical manifestations lie latent until only severe measures have to be called for The next time you raise a toast, pause a minute to contemplate over the tremendous damage you are causing your body with every excessive drink that you take and think about whether those nights of drunken stupor are indeed worth risking your life for
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Find out how to quit Abusing Alcohol Written by Ed Philips and Quit Alcohol Today.
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