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12 Health Problems Associated With Persistent High Risk Alcohol Consumption In Swansea Within Alcohol Rehab Swansea

Excess drinking can cause many health challenges, it can also lead to liver sickness and wounds inflicted through car accidents, and this is publicly known. However, if you believe that liver disease and car crashes are the only health risks assosiated with alcohol consumption then you are wrong. More than 60 diseases have been linked to alcohol consumption by researchers throughout the world.


Alcohol does all kinds of things to the body, and we are not fully aware of its effects, mentioned James C Garbutt, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill school of medicine and a researcher at the University's Bowles Centre for alcohol studies. This is a molecule which is pretty complicated.


Given below are the 12 conditions which are linked to chronic heavy drinking.

  • Anemia
  • The group of red blood cells carried by oxygen can be made unusually small through excessive intake of alcohol.
  • A lot of negative sides effects follow, such as tiredness, breathlessness, and faintness, which indicate that the person has anaemia.
  • Cancer
  • As the Toronto based high-ranking scientist for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and administrative head of the department of dependency policy at University of Toronto, Jurgen Rehm, PhD has said "Habitual drinking increases the risk of cancer".
  • Acetaldehyde is a strong carcinogen and alcohol can be converted into this in the body according to some scientists.
  • The liver, oesophagus, throat, voice box, breast, mouth, colon, and rectum are areas where cancer can develop due to alcohol consumption.
  • The risk of cancer increases significantly with heavy drinkers who also use tobacco.
  • Heart Disease
  • Blood platelets will probably form clumps, causing the blood to clot, which may cause some heart problems when a person is a high-risk consumer, particularly of excessive amounts.
  • Bingeing can double the risk of dying if you've previously suffered a heart attack according to a key study that was conducted and published in 2005 by researchers from Harvard.
  • Apart from causing an abnormal heart rhythm, drinking heavily can also cause the muscles of the heart to become weak and this can lead them to eventually fail and this condition is known as cardiomyopathy.
  • Clot triggering blood clots can also be caused by Atrial fibrillation which is a condition characterised by chaotic twitching of the upper chambers of the heart.
  • The major pumping chambers of the heart are twitched dangerously through ventricular fibrillation.
  • It can lead to unexpected death, if it's not handled urgently, it also brings about loss of consciousness.
  • Cirrhosis
  • In the long run, many heavy drinkers, develop liver cirrhosis due to the toxic effect of alcohol on the liver will be left heavily scarred and unable to work.
  • Determining which heavy consumers will suffer from cirrhosis is difficult, unfortunately.
  • According to Saitz, the disease has been known to affect even moderate drinkers while some heavy drinkers never suffer from it.
  • Women have been found to be particularly prone to this condition although the reasons are not known.
  • Dementia
  • Every 10 years, at an average rate of 1.9%, an individuals brains reduces in size.
  • This is considered as a normal phenomenon.
  • The brain weakens faster when an excess dose of alcohol is consumed; this can lead to dementia and other mental illnesses.
  • Heavy drinking can also cause subtle but potentially debilitating deficits within the ability to plan, make judgments, solve problems or perform other aspects of executive function, which are the higher-order abilities that will allow us to maximise our functions as human beings as mentioned by Garbutt.
  • Excessive alcohol intake gives rise to alimental deficit so bad that they can generate more mental deformities, coupled with the fact that the unidentified dementia that originates from brain deterioration.
  • Depression
  • The connection between depression and excessive alcohol consumption has been established, but the question is, which one precedes the other - depression or alcoholism.
  • Depressed people self medicating using alcohol is one of the theories that have been put forward.
  • But it was later discovered that the opposite is true (the extreme feelings of sadness where brought on by high-risk alcohol consumption) by a bigger study carried out in New Zealand.
  • According to Saitz, There are improvements in the condition of depressed people when they go on the wagon.

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  • Seizures
  • Even in people who have no history of epilepsy, heavy drinking can cause this leading to seizures.
  • The prescription drugs used to manage convulsions can have their effects counteracted as well.
  • When crystals of uric acid form in the joints, this condition is known as Gout.
  • This gout is normally facilitated by alcohol and some other feeding issues, even though this is mainly genetic.
  • If a person is already suffering from gout, the condition may be worsened by alcohol.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • The sympathetic nervous system that takes care of the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in handling exertion, temperature, stress, and others could be altered by alcohol.
  • Drinking heavily and bingeing on the substance can cause an increase in blood pressure.
  • Over a period of time, the effects can become chronic.
  • Other issues with a person's well-being, such as heart and kidney failure, can also result from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infections like HIV and other STDs (even ones that can cause the inability to conceive), TB, pneumonia, and others can easily get a foothold due the high-risk consumption of alcohol, since it stifles the immune system.
  • Heavy drinkers are prone to engage in dangerous sexual actions.
  • Experts have clarified that heavy drinking is associated with a threefold increase in the risks of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Nerve Damage
  • On top of myasthenia, involuntary urination and defecation, struggling to empty the bowels, impotence, and other issues, high-risk alcohol consumption is associated with its own type of injury to the nerves called alcoholic neuropathy, which causes the individual to experience a prickling pain or lack of sensation in their extremities.
  • Alcohol is toxic to the nerve cells and this is the reason for the alcoholic neuropathy and it could also be because of nutritional deficiencies, which can be attributed to the heavy drinking which may have caused a compromise to the functions of the nerves.
  • Pancreatitis
  • Alcohol consumption can also lead to swelling of the pancreas (pancreatitis), on top of irritating the stomach.
  • Chronic pancreatitis "is not fixable," according to Saitz, and it hampers the function of the digestive organs, resulting in constant diarrhea and stomach pain.
  • It is to be noted that about 60% of the cases of pancreatitis are caused by alcohol intake, though a few happen as a result of gallstones.