Alcohol Abuse

Defining Alcohol abuse and its Dangers

The difference between Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism.

Though both are similar, there is one distinct difference between the two. An alcohol abuser is someone who has episodes of going too far with drinking, it can be frequent or just occasional binge drinking. Alcohol abusers are not dependent of alcohol. Alcoholics, however, have a physical and or psychological addiction to alcohol and are dependent on it.

The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Immediate effects of excessive drinking

Too much alcohol in your system can effect a person immediately. Excessive amounts of alcohol can impair several organs such as the liver, lungs, blood vessels, and nerves.

  • The liver can only handle 1 standard drink an hour, excess overflows into the bloodstream.
  • The lungs excrete little amounts of ethanol from the bloodstream as a gas exhaled from the mouth
  • The blood vessels relaxes nerves, and blood vessels of the skin widens.
  • The nervous system's (nerves and brain) actions become depressed.

Long term effects of excessive drinking

High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke the livers function ability, and multiple cancers are some of the few long term effects of alcohol abuse.

  • One of the worst effects of liver damage is high blood pressure
  • High blood pressure can lead to heart attack or stroke.
  • Liver damage can weaken the body's defense against infection
  • The mouth, throat, lungs, liver, pancreas, and rectum are six organs that can develop cancer over time from alcohol abuse.