We all know that there are certain areas of the body that alcohol has a clear effect on. The brain (as evidenced by the cognitive impairment caused by alcohol) and the liver (given alcohol’s link to liver cancer and other liver function issues) are two obvious places where drinking has an impact.
But alcohol’s effects aren’t localized. There are whole body repercussions to drinking, especially drinking heavily.
We are reviewing some of the head-to-toe impacts of drinking.
Drinking’s Effects on Your Body
As a depressant, alcohol effectively slows down your brain. When you engage in heavy drinking, you run the risk of long-term memory damage. Cutting back can help reduce anxiety and depression.
When done frequently, heavy drinking can damage your heart, increase your risk of heart disease, and more. Following recommended alcohol guidelines will help keep your heart healthy.
Drinking causes short term stomach issues like sickness, nausea, and diarrhea. Long term, it increases stomach cancer risk.
Responsible for producing digestive liquids and hormones such as insulin, the pancreas is an essential organ for digestion and regulation of your blood sugar. When you drink regularly, you may get pancreatitis, a serious issue caused by pancreatic inflammation. Pancreatitis can lead to diabetes.
The liver also plays a vital role in the body, converting food to energy, getting rid of waste, and fighting infections. Liver damage is not always immediately obvious; often it is not discovered until conditions progress. When you drink regularly and do not follow recommended guidelines, you have increased risk of liver disease that can cause irreparable damage.
Alcohol can cause issues with the bowel, including irritable bowel syndrome. Even the smallest amount of booze can up your risk of bowel cancer.
Frequent urination is linked to alcohol consumption, as alcohol is a known diuretic. It triggers your kidneys to empty more liquid than is going in, which is why alcohol use often causes dehydration. You can avoid bathroom trips by drinking less alcohol and dehydration by drinking more water.
Your Body Isn’t the Only Thing Effected.
Excessive alcohol use also has an impact on everyone around you, from your friends and family to your co-workers. If you are concerned about alcohol use in your workplace, it might be time to reevaluate your drug and alcohol policy and consider implementing alcohol testing.
To get started, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today.