Alcohol affects your body physically, physiologically, and mentally. Excessive drinking leads to a dependence on alcohol and puts you at high-risk for many serious health problems. Alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage, kidney failure, lung infections, and even cancer.

Alcohol alters normal brain function. The brain controls how we move, talk, walk, and think. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which release more dopamine and cause pleasurable feelings. The euphoria is short-term and sometimes a person drinks more to reach the same level of pleasure. The brain builds up a tolerance to the amounts of alcohol consumed.

When your brain is impaired, coordination and critical thinking are affected. Fatal accidents occur when a person who is under the influence, operates a motor vehicle or other heavy equipment. Judgment is impaired and reactive senses slow down. Speech becomes slurred and balance is impacted. Alcohol interferes with memory and results in blackouts. Blackouts occur when alcohol levels are high. According to Healthline, “Alcohol impairs your ability to form new memories while intoxicated. It doesn’t erase memories formed before intoxication.”

Excessive alcohol use can cause cancer in different areas of the body. Alcohol causes cirrhosis of the liver and if you do not stop drinking, it can lead to liver failure, which is fatal. Alcohol is toxic to your body and impacts the stomach, heart, intestines, nervous system, and bones.

Some people drink alcohol to cope with stress. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can elevate depression, anxiety, and emotional distress. Drinking alcohol can disrupt normal sleep patterns, cause insomnia, and result in a restless sleep. Lack of restful sleep can influence poor performance or frequent absences at your job, and lead to termination.

The effects of alcohol on the human body are dangerous and deadly. Alcohol puts a strain on relationships with loved ones. Excessive alcohol use changes interactions with your loved ones and your financial stability.

If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, get help now. Addiction can make you feel isolated, but you are not alone. Take the first step toward recovery and get help today.

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