The Effects of the Overconsumption of Alcohol
There are many short-term and long-term effects that come with a night of heavy drinking or binge drinking. Some of these effects vary between males and females, but generally speaking, a night of overconsuming alcohol can have very serious side effects on your health.
Besides a hangover, heavy drinking effects some of our most vital organs such as the liver and the heart and also takes a toll on your physical health as well. Alcohol consumption has an immediate effect on the brain, giving the sensation of relaxation and confidence. This is why many people consume a drink or two before attending a social activity or event as it eases the nerves and tension that some experience in social settings.
Alcohol and the Effects on the Body
Studies have shown that those who drink more than six drinks in a single evening have a defect in their ability to retain information, thus, their memory is lacking. For those who are under the age of 25, the effects of alcohol could be detrimental to the development of their brain. When you are under the age of 25, you are in a particularly vulnerable spot when it comes to damage to the brain as a result of drinking too much alcohol.
After a night of drinking heavily, individuals may experience what is called atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as ‘holiday heart’. This is when your heart pumps more rapidly than normal and causes a lack of blood circulation. This is because alcohol affects the ability of our heart to pump at a regular rhythm causing discomfort and even hospitalization for some.
Alcohol poisoning is especially common in young people who are in their college phase. Alcohol poisoning is extremely dangerous and can even cause death. This is because alcohol suppresses the bodies ability to function normally which, in turn, can cause the individual to spot breathing altogether. Alcohol also has the potential to suppress the gag reflex which can cause the person to drown in their own vomit.
Alcohol as it Relates to Disease
There are more studies suggesting that alcohol is actually a carcinogen and can be responsible for various types of cancers. There is increasing evidence that alcohol is responsible for both an increased risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.
When you typically think of alcohol and its effects on the body, liver disease is one of the top diseases that come to mind. Heavy drinking can lead to cirrhosis of the liver which irreversible and life-threatening. The seriousness of the overconsumption of alcohol could not be any more stressed, as there are numerous adverse effects of drinking too much. It’s important to regulate and monitor your drinking so that the negative effects of alcohol consumption of mitigated.
Consuming alcohol in large quantities also has some serious effects on your skin and, therefore, your health. Since alcohol dehydrates you, skin is easily affected. Dry skin can result in the onset of wrinkles earlier than usual and can also result in puffy cheeks and redness. Alcohol can also make you gain weight easily and can increase your body fat tremendously. The average night of extreme drinking can add an extra 2,000 empty calories to your diet. The sugar from the alcohol turns into fat as it is metabolized which, in turn, makes you gain weight easily.
It’s important that if you feel as though you suffer from an alcohol use disorder that you get the necessary help right away.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.