Dangers Of Alcohol Addiction
In today’s alcohol-heavy society it can be hard to define exactly what alcohol addiction is. Young people are encouraged to go out for drinks regularly. Often getting drunk is a sign of having fun when it should be a sign of going too far. Getting drunk is a chance to “let loose” and “relax” after a day’s hard work, but it can quickly turn into a dependence. Alcohol can haze perception, so it doesn’t feel like you’re enjoying yourself unless drunk.
This is why it is essential to recognize the signs of being a heavy drinker.
To be a heavy drinker, one doesn’t have to drink every single night. Binge drinking is when someone consumes 4-5 drinks within two hours. This is why people sometimes think they do not have a problem. To them, they don’t drink every night, so it’s not a problem. But getting blackout drunk consistently at all is a sign of alcohol addiction. Getting blackout drunk can cause you to drive while impaired or commit other crimes that you would not usually do. Alcohol poisoning is also a risk.
Drinking heavily can cause many issues, such as:
- liver damage
- heart problems
- a risk to those around you
Over time, constant alcohol abuse can cause heavy scarring to livers and other issues. It can also cause digestive issues and increase the risk of ulcers or heartburn. Consistent alcohol abuse can lead to memory issues such as memory loss and trouble forming new memories.
Mental Health Effects
Alcohol abuse can also affect mental health, especially for those who already suffer from conditions such as anxiety and depression. Alcohol can change brain chemistry because it causes the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine or serotonin. This, in turn, can encourage the bodies dependence on these substances.
More detailed information about alcohol effects to the brain and the body you can find in this video