You’re likely aware that alcohol can do some pretty terrible things to your body, but it’s important to understand the full scope of the risk. For those who are considered heavy drinkers, the body goes through quite a rough process.
If you feel you have a problem with heavy drinking, knowledge may help you become the champion of your own addiction. Check out a brief look at a few pieces of information that will help you to better understand what you’re doing to your body.
The news about your BAC
Most of the alcohol you drink is processed by your liver. The lungs, kidneys, and sweat glands of your body are also involved in the excretion of the alcohol from your body.
An average person’s liver breaks down one 12oz drink per one hour. When you consume more than your liver can process in an hour, your blood alcohol content begins to climb.
However, there are many variables that affect how efficiently your body can break down alcohol. Age, sex, ethnicity, and your current health all make an impact on how severe the consequences of alcohol are on your body.
Negative life consequences of heavy drinking
The risks of drinking are not restricted to the physical effects. The negative life consequences that inevitably occur when you drink heavily on a regular basis can be just as damaging to your health as overworking your liver.
Long-term heavy drinking can lead to social isolation. You may also place yourself at risk of facing the fallout of a DUI charge. Heavy drinking will eventually lead to the breakdown of your ability to function in your daily life.
Understand the physical damage
Heavy drinking affects every organ in your body. Even your skin is broken down by the long-term effects of heavy drinking. Your heart, kidneys, lungs, and pancreas are particularly placed in harm’s way when you consume copious amounts of alcohol
Heavy drinking can cause problems with high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and dangerously low blood sugar. Remember that getting drunk is effectively poisoning yourself, and manage your alcohol intake with caution.
Your mental health is affected
Alcohol can leave your brain short of the serotonin it needs to be happy. Drinking floods your brain with “happy” chemicals, but the after-effects can cause a drastic drop in your mood. Sobering up means that you’ll have to go through a valley to fully recover.
Your sexual health is put at risk
Chronic drinking can lead to low fertility in both sexes. In men, excessive drinking can result in a lowered sex drive. In a positive light, these effects can be reversed by lowering your alcohol intake.