Alcohol does many different things to your body. While drinking might make you feel good, abusing alcohol may lead to serious complications. It effects the body both mentally and physically. Alcohol will slur your speech, increase your reaction time, make you lose co-ordination, and causes impotence. By drinking you can get many diseases, some may even be life threatening.
Alcoholism is a chronic disease that is progressive and many times fatal. About 13% of the population have a problem with alcohol. Alcohol effects almost every cell in the body. After being exposed to it for a long time the brain becomes dependent of it. It causes the person with alcoholism to depend on the alcohol in order to deal with certain things in everyday life like people and work. After a while they loose control over when to stop drinking and how much they consume.
One disease that you can get from drinking to much alcohol is heart disease. Large amounts of alcohol can cause the heart to beat irregularly and also raise the blood pressure. It also damages the heart muscle, which will eventually lead to heart failure. Women have a greater chance of this then males.
Cancer is also another disease that you can develop. By drinking regularly it increases the chances of developing lung, esophageal, gastric, pancreatic, colorectal, urinary tract, liver, and brain cancers. About 75% of cancers of the esophagus and 50% of cancers of the mouth, throat, and larynx are related to alcohol. Women that drink raise their chances of getting breast cancer.
Liver disorders are serious problems that can develop. Once the alcohol enters the liver it changes to a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which cause serious damage. Malnutrition contributes to liver disease because of empty calories from alcohol, which reduces the appetite. First the liver will get inflamed which is known as hepatitis. Then the liver will develop cirrhosis. Cirrhosis i...