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These 6 Dangerous Things Can Happen to Your Body When You Drink Too Much

These 6 Dangerous Things Can Happen to Your Body When You Drink Too Much

Having a glass of wine or beer every night is not the only way to increase the risk to your body from drinking alcohol. Even sipping a glass of wine in moderation (once or twice a week) could have risks for your health. There is a fine line between safe alcohol consumption and unhealthy alcohol consumption. Find out what the risk can be when you drink too much and how to seek help.

Weight Gain

One of the things people may not realize is that alcoholic beverages can have sugar and high calories. The body goes into overdrive to break down alcohol once it enters the body. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to an increased risk of obesity, which includes heart disease and blood pressure, strokes, or cancer among the leading risk factors.

Heart Issues

Sticking to one glass of alcohol of choice once in awhile is not likely to lead to heart issues, but drinking on a regular basis can increase the risk to your heart. Excessive drinking actually weakens the heart, elicits an irregular heartbeat and increases the risk of high blood pressure.

Pancreatitis

Drinking too much alcohol can cause abnormal activation of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas. The enzymes build up and cause inflammation defined as pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis can cause serious abdominal pain and maybe some life-threatening complications including infection, kidney failure, and diabetes. Pancreatitis can actually be lethal if not treated properly.

Cancer Risk

The white blood cells in your body fight back against invading bacteria. Excessive drinking diminishes their ability to fight back, increasing the risk for cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, and breast, among other areas.

Weakened Immunity

People who drink on a regular basis over an extended period of time may be more likely to end up with pneumonia and tuberculosis than the general population. Some studies put it as much as ten percent of all tuberculosis diagnosis come from alcohol consumption.

Liver Damage

One of the more common side effects of excessive drinking is liver damage. The liver is important in the processing of alcohol and other toxins. Year after year, it works to process it and the liver may become inflamed over time with too much alcohol going into the body. Cirrhosis and liver disease are two of the more common problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

If you or someone you love drinks more than they are able to handle or you think there is a drinking problem, there is help. Recovery centers have programs designed to support your journey back to health from addiction to alcohol. Reaching out for help is the first step to healing.

If you or someone you know may struggle with addiction to alcohol, Serenity has programs designed to help you detox and get your life back on track. With the right intervention, you can start your journey back to health and hope. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401