Alcohol

Alcoholics And Its Harmful Effects

Mr. Henshaw

Our patient was Mr. Henshaw. He is 45 years old. He has been heavily drinking since he was in high school. It has caused him to vomit blood. He has been unable to stop drinking.

What effect has alcohol had on the systems of Mr. Henshaw's body over the years? What must he do to become healthier? What resources are available to help him?

Vomiting Blood

When Mr. Henshaw was vomiting blood, that was caused by the heavy amounts of alcohol he had consumed. Consuming so much alchohol can cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Any part of the upper gastrointestinal tract (mouth, pharynx, esophagus, small intestine, stomach) could be the source of where the blood is coming from. This is a condition known as hematemesis.

Alcoholics

An alcoholic is a person addicted to alcohol. Alcoholism is a chronic (long-term) disease. Nearly 17.6 million adults in the U.S. suffer from alcoholism. This is what Mr. Henshaw is also suffering from. The only way for Mr. Henshaw to become healthier is to stop drinking. As an alcoholic, drinking can often become tempting so it's best to put distance between yourself and alcohol.

Resources To Help Mr. Henshaw

-Seek medical attention

-Go to therapy

-Go to support groups

Words You Might Not Know

Ventricle: One of the two large chambers in the heart that collects and puts out blood

Cirrhosis: Scarring of the tissue of the liver

Hematemesis: Vomiting of blood, generally the upper gastrointestinal tract.

Thiamine: A vitamin used by the body to break down sugars in the die

Osteoporosis: Makes your bones weak and more likely to break

What Alcohol Can Do To Your Liver
The Black Esophagus Acute esophageal necrosis