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Alcohol Related Health Issues

Health-Related Dangers of Excessive Drinking

We all love a drink from time to time. Fun, safe drinking can lubricate many a social situation and bring people closer together. In the case of alcohol, however, you can have too much of a good thing. While we are all aware of the negative personal and financial implications of excessive drinking, there are also a wide range of health concerns that, if go unchecked, can result in catastrophic long-term effects and even death.

Anaemia

Researchers have discovered that the regular consumption of high quantities of alcohol can affect how blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen regulation can be dramatically diminished to the point of the development of anaemia. The side-effects of this condition include difficulty breathing, light-headedness and fatigue.

Cancer

Canadian medical professionals have identified the links between excessive drinking and the development of cancer. Alcohol in the body can convert to acetaldehyde, a carcinogen that has been linked to cancer of the throat, mouth and larynx. Liver, breast and colorectal cancers have also been connected to the presence of acetaldehyde in the body. These developments may be exacerbated by smoking.

Cardiovascular disease

Alcohol can cause the platelets in the bloodstream to coalesce and turn into clots. Clots can be incredibly dangerous in the triggering of strokes and heart attacks. Sustained heavy drinking can also lead to cardiomyopathy, which entails the weakening of the heart muscles. This, in turn, brings about atrial fibrillation – the flattering of the atrial walls of the heart. Strokes can also result from this type of condition.

Cirrhosis

Probably the most direct condition caused by excessive drinking. Cirrhosis entails the scarring of the tissue of the liver. This damage to the liver prohibits its proper functioning. This unpredictable condition can go undetected for years, and can even result in total liver failure and even death.

Psychological conditions

Recent research has identified the links between drinking and the development of dementia. While brain function naturally deteriorates with age, alcoholism can speed up this degeneration, resulting in the premature loss of memory and the ability to solve problems. Alcohol has also been linked to the exacerbation of depression, a disease that often goes hand-in-hand with binge drinking.

Gout

This disease entails the formation of uric crystals in the joints of the body. Alcohol can cause these crystals to form, and can also worsen the symptoms of pre-existing gout.

High Blood Pressure

Alcohol can constrict the walls of the blood vessels, elevating the pressure within them.  A whole host of dangerous diseases have been linked to high blood pressure, like heart disease, kidney failure and strokes.

Pancreatitis

This inflammation of the pancreas results in excruciating experiences of abdominal pain and constant diarrhoea. Sixty per cent of pancreatitis cases have been linked to alcoholism. Sadly, this disease remains irreversible.

All people involved of the service of alcohol have to complete an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate. This ensures that they are aware of the social and health-based implications of drinking alcohol. It equips them with the knowledge to serve alcohol sensibly and within the parameters of what is considered safe.

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