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The Long-Term Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

The Long-Term Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

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The effects of chronic alcohol abuse can have effects on almost every major organ system in the body. These effects are potentially fatal and can be treated at one of our alcohol rehab centers. There are physical signs that an alcohol-abuse disorder is present in someone’s life. Here are some examples:

Physical Signs of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

Chronic alcohol abuse symptoms vary from person to person, but there are a few common physical signs that someone is suffering from alcoholism:

  • Shaking, unsteady on the feet
  • Blacking
  • Redness of the face
  • Upset stomach
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting

Long-Term Health Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

One of the most troublesome aspects of alcoholism is how alcohol abuse attacks all of the body’s organs. Long-term abuse creates chronic issues in health and even organ failure. It’s important to seek one of our alcohol rehab centers in order to treat these issues.

The Liver

Heavy consumption of alcohol can overwhelm the liver as it works to remove the toxin from the bloodstream. Patients can develop a whole host of liver problems, such as a fatty liver, an enlarged liver, or liver cancer.

Eventually, cirrhosis, the destructive swelling of the liver, can take place. Once cirrhosis begins, the liver may never return to 100%. In the worst cases, parts of the liver die or the liver stops functioning entirely. However, a great deal of healing and repair is possible.

The Heart

Long-term heavy drinking raises a person’s blood pressure, making them more susceptible to cardiovascular complications and even heart attack. Heart disease is already one of the top causes of death in America, and an alcoholic is more likely to have heart problems. Cardiomyopathy, or heart disease, occurs in 1 in every 36 alcoholics.

Alcohol also dilates the body’s blood vessels, preventing them from modulating body heat and possibly causing anemia. The body relies on the heart to circulate blood. When nutrients and oxygen are not delivered efficiently, overall health suffers, and a multitude of complications is possible.

The Brain

Perhaps the most frightening of all is the number of effects that chronic alcohol abuse can have on the brain. Blackouts and short-term memory are common among alcoholics. There is also the possibility that a patient may experiencing nightmares, and delirium tremens when attempting to regain sobriety between binges.

Seizures are also possible when a patient is going through withdrawal, which makes alcohol detox a potentially life-threatening situation that should always be monitored by health care and addiction professionals.

Help is available 24/7 at our alcohol rehab centers – simply call 1-800-RECOVERY. You can also contact us online at Recovery Centers of America to find out which of our treatment centers are closest to you. We provide both inpatient and outpatient options. Our clinicians understand that a unique and personalized treatment plan is necessary for every patient to maximize the chance of successful recovery.

 

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