6 Ways Alcohol Effects Your Body

Alcohol can seem like a way to relieve stress and is the go-to at parties but what does it actually do to our bodies besides give us hangovers?

Central Nervous System

One of the first signs of alcohol consumption is what it does to your behavior. Alcohol travels very easily through the system because it is sugar and carbs, this means it works more quickly. The central nervous system is what makes you speak correctly, keep your balance, and allows you to walk in a straight line. Obviously, under the influence, you cannot perform these things optimally. When you overdo alcohol consumption, your nervous system is damaged leading to pain, numbness, B1 deficiency, various eye impairments, and much more.

Digestive System

Alcohol abuse can damage your digestive tract and the salivary glands, irritating the mouth and tongue. This leads to gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Heavy drinking can cause ulcers in the esophagus, acid reflux, and heartburn. Stomach ulcers and inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) can also occur.

Circulatory System

Your heart is extremely important, but just one episode of heavy drinking can cause you heart trouble. Other complications of this system include cardiomyopathy, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack or failure.

Skeletal & Muscle Systems

Heavy drinking for many years makes it difficult for the body to produce new bone and puts you at increased risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Muscles will become weak, get cramps, or may even become atrophied.

Immune System

Your body has to keep up with filtering out the poison of alcohol so your immune system will not function at its top ability, making drinkers more likely to contract viruses and many types of illness including pneumonia and tuberculosis, as well as multiple forms of cancer.

Reproductive System

Women drinkers may stop menstruating and become infertile, put her at risk for miscarriage, premature delivery, and stillbirth. Men experience erectile dysfunction, affected testicular production, and possibly infertility.

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