A lot of folks enjoy a bottle of beer or a sip of whiskey without any problems; however, drinking heavily or binge drinking over an extended period of time can result in very severe consequences. The misuse of alcohol not only brings harm to an individual but sabotages society and relationships in terms of accidents, crime and violence and drink driving.
Here are some of the adverse effects of alcohol that you should beware of:
Alcohol consumption is the second most significant risk factor for throat and mouth cancers. For those with liver cirrhosis (mostly triggered by too much alcohol) can suffer from liver cancer.
Binge drinking can result in memory loss, blackouts, and anxiety. Long-term drinking can cause serious mental problems, permanent brain damage, and alcoholism. Young people are usually vulnerable because their brains are still developing through their teenage years. Parts of the brain could be damaged by alcohol, affecting the ability to remember and learn and also your behavior.
Heart and circulation
Alcohol consumption can cause hypertension (high blood pressure), which increases the danger of Dementia development, Stroke, heart attack or consuming alcohol over a long period of time can cause arrhythmia (heart beating irregularly), and this has been seen in cases of sudden deaths.
Those who drink too much alcohol suffer from lung infections and are in danger of suffering collapsed lungs and more likely suffer pneumonia.
Drinking for long periods can cause high blood pressure- a leading problem for chronic kidney diseases.
Alcohol consumption affects your judgment and makes you lose your inhibitions. This may make you careless not to use a condom, which can cause you to contract sexually spread diseases such as HIV, Chlamydia or hepatitis. It can also result in unwanted pregnancies.
Alcohol dehydrates your skin and body. It also makes your blood vessels to widen, causing your skin to look blotchy or red.