Many alcoholics suffer from alcohol related health problems, though they may not know it. Some have been told by their doctors that they have problems that need to be addressed, but choose to ignore them. Alcohol itself is so irritating to the body’s organs and tissues that it is believed to be responsible for over 350 disease processes!And withdrawals in the later stages of the disease progression can actually be fatal if not done without medical intervention.
In the old days, alcoholics (if they lived long enough) ended up in hospitals and sanitariums, usually with cirrhosis or “wet brain” – a type of dementia caused by the amount of brain cells destroyed by the disease. Cirrhosis happens as portions of the liver die, and while it’s true that one’s liver will rebuild itself in abstinence, once parts of your liver die, there is no rebuilding them. And once brain cells die, they’re gone for good, too. Even in the earlier stages of the disease, fatty liver, pancreas problems, gall bladder and gastrointestinal issues may plague the problem drinker.
When alcohol breaks down, one of the by-products is actetaldehyde – a toxic substance in the same chemical family as embalming fluid. The drug Antabuse (sometimes prescribed to keep an alcoholic from drinking) actually makes one so deathly sick when he drinks because it blocks the enzyme that breaks down that nasty little by-product. The extreme nausea happens because that chemical is so toxic. Even without antabuse, actetaldehyde permeates all the body systems, including the brain’s pain regulating and endorphin system, which control moods. Since the brain’s opiate receptors are filled artificially with the toxic by-products of alcohol instead of with what the body naturally makes, there’s speculation about whether those systems ever work correctly again, even in abstinence. Many alcoholics need treatment for depression once the fog clears, so here is yet another area where the physical damage bleeds over into the emotional area.Read more: Alcohol Addiction Treatment
The list of Alcohol Related Health Problems, some of the most common include:
- Alcoholic Hepatitis
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Clinical Depression
- High Blood Pressure
- Infectious Diseases (Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, STDs)
- Nerve Damage (alcoholic neuropathy)
- Thiamine Deficiency
- Accident Damage
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