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The Dangers Of Drinking Heavily In Derbyshire Under Alcohol Rehab Derbyshire

Liver Cirrhosis and getting involved in accidents are some of the well known consequences of alcohol consumption apart from other health issues. In reality, there are over 60 diseases that are in one way or another connected to drinking of alcohol which means there's more to be worried about than most people realise.


"Alcohol affects the body in many ways that we are yet ignorant of" as quoted by James C. Garbutt, MD, a psychotherapy lecturer at the North Carolina University at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and also a University researcher of Bowles Centre for Alcohol courses. "It's a very complex small element."


Given below are the 12 conditions which are linked to chronic heavy drinking.

  • Anemia
  • The number of erythrocytes (red blood cells) that carry oxygen in the body can be greatly reduced with high risk alcohol consumption.
  • Constant exhaustion, feeling lightheaded and feeling short of breath can all occur if a person is suffering from anaemia.
  • Cancer
  • Dr. J rgen Rehm, PhD, chairman of the University of Toronto's Department of addiction policy and a senior scientist at the centre for addiction and mental health which is also in Toronto has mentioned that the risks of cancer can increase significantly with habitual consumption of alcohol.
  • Many scientists assume that severe consequence are bound to happen if alcohol changes into acetaldehyde (a potent cancer causing substance), in the body.
  • Liver cancer, breast cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, colorectal cancers, oesophagus cancer and larynx cancer are the types of cancers that may be brought on by alcohol.
  • Those high-risk consumers of alcohol who also smoke are even more vulnerable to cancer.
  • Heart Disease
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol especially bingeing causes the platelets within the body more likely to come together to form blood clots, which have the potential to lead to a heart attack or strokes.
  • It was discovered by Harvard researchers in 2005 that survivors of heart attack will experience increased risks of death if they drink binge.
  • Apart from causing an abnormal heart rhythm, drinking heavily can also cause the muscles of the heart to become weak and this can lead them to eventually fail and this condition is known as cardiomyopathy.
  • The heart can fail because of the blood clots that form due to AFib (Atrial Fibrillation), since the heart's atria (upper chambers) beats at an irregular pace when transporting blood to the ventricles.
  • Chaotic twitching of the ventricles, which do most of the pumping work, is known as ventricular fibrillation.
  • When there is no one to provide medical assistance right away, it quickly becomes fatal, otherwise, the person will just faint.
  • Cirrhosis
  • A lot of high-risk consumers of alcohol suffer from cirrhosis, which is a disease that causes liver failure when it has become extremely damaged due to alcohol poisoning.
  • But we can't really tell who will fall victim of cirrhosis.
  • "Cirrhosis may not even happen to the person that drinks so much alcohol; it might happen to the one who doesn't take much drink", as said by Saitz .
  • Women tend to be at a greater risk than men for some mysterious reason.
  • Dementia
  • The brain continues to contract as people mature, averagely at a speed of about 1.9% every ten years.
  • This is a perfectly normal occurrence.
  • The reason why people get amnesia or dementia from high-risk drinking is because it makes the brain's reduction in size happen at a faster pace in some central areas.
  • Garbutt further stated that the ability to execute certain higher level functions such as planning, solving problems and making judgements may also be gradually lowered by consistent heavy drinking.
  • Other types of dementia can manifest due to the worst kind of dietary insufficiencies caused by high-risk alcohol consumption, on top of the general dementia that manifests due to cerebral atrophy.
  • Depression
  • The relationship between heavy drinking and depression has been debated for a long time since these two things almost always go together, but there is always the argument about which happened first - drinking or depression.
  • Depressed people self medicating using alcohol is one of the theories that have been put forward.
  • However, it has also been discovered in a study in New Zealand that alcoholism is the cause of depression.
  • According to Saitz it has also been noted that the giving up alcohol tends to relieve the depression as well.

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  • Seizures
  • Even in people who have no history of epilepsy, heavy drinking can cause this leading to seizures.
  • Drinking can affect the prescribed drugs used for curing seizures.
  • When uric acid crystals are formed in the joints, it could result in the very painful condition named Gout.
  • High-risk drinking and other nutritional deficits can play a role, although it has been largely linked to genetics is several cases.
  • Existing cases of gout could be escalated by alcohol consumption.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sympathetic nervous system can be affected by alcohol, and this is a delicate aspect of the body which controls the contraction and expansion of blood vessels in regards to temperature, stress, physical exertion etc.
  • Blood pressure rise can be caused by heavy drinking particularly drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short time.
  • This condition becomes severe with time.
  • Hypertension poses a great danger to human life, such as, heart problems, kidney failure and stroke.
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infections like HIV and other STDs (even ones that can cause the inability to conceive), TB, pneumonia, and others can easily get a foothold due the high-risk consumption of alcohol, since it stifles the immune system.
  • There is also a greater likelihood of engaging in unprotected sex among heavy drinkers.
  • As Rehmn elaborates "Heavy drinking is associated with a three-fold increase in the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease".
  • Nerve Damage
  • Alcoholic neuropathy is the type of nerve damage that could result from excessive consumption of alcohol, and the effects of this will include erectile dysfunction, constipation, incontinence, muscle weakness, feeling of pins and needles at the extremities of the body and many others.
  • The interruption in the normal operation of the nerves due to the nerve cells getting poisoned from the alcohol or insufficiency in dietary needs from high-risk alcohol consumption results in the manifestation of alcoholic neuropathy.
  • Pancreatitis
  • This is a condition characterised by inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Chronic pancreatitis "is not fixable," according to Saitz, and it hampers the function of the digestive organs, resulting in constant diarrhea and stomach pain.
  • A number of cases with chronic pancreatitis are triggered by gallstones, but nearly 60% of them stem from alcohol consumption.