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How much can alcohol damage your body?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by FuZyOn, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I think that the liver has to suffer the most because drinking regularly really takes a toll on that part of your body.
    It can also cause brain problems and can make your mind feel much less responsive and fast than it used to.
  2. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Other bad things alcohol will do to your body:

    - You might get gout. Either causing it directly or making it worse.

    - Alcohol negatively affects your immune system making it easier to catch infectious diseases.

    - Drinking too much alcohol could cause Pancreatitis.

    - It [drinking too much alcohol] also increases the risk of [getting] cancer.

    - And yeah, alcohol also affects kidneys.
  3. JoanMcWench

    JoanMcWench Community Champion

    Essentially you're poisoning yourself. So, there's a lot of issues that's inevitably going to cause if you are abusing it regularly. Other than the things the both of you already mentioned? Cardiovascular disease, anemia, dementia, seizures, depression, high blood pressure, nerve damage, & so many more it's ridiculous. Are these all things that absolutely will happen to you if you excessively drink? No. Do you dramatically increase the chances of one of these affecting you? Absolutely.
  4. jbbarn

    jbbarn Active Contributor

    One of the things I've noticed about the alcoholics in my family is that they age rapidly, and in a certain way. I can look at someone a lot of times and tell if he/she is , or has been, an alcoholic. There is something about the wrinkles in their skin that look dry and leather-like.
  5. lefttowrite

    lefttowrite Member

    Alcohol is one of the drugs that shows. If you are a young drinker, lines are formed very easily due to the dehydration in your body from overdoing the alcohol. Also, apart from the physical features, alcohol hurts your organs, a lot. It is a literal poison our body wants to reject when consumed, and mainly impacts the Liver. The Liver maintains our toxins and filters all the chemicals to the kidney and then urea to dispose of in the bathroom. Once the Liver has taken so much of a beating from alcohol, it begins to fail it's filtering process allowing harsh chemicals into our blood stream and kidneys. that's why a lot of people 'joke' about their kidney when they drink a lot. It's a shame, but many people, especially kids, aren't aware of the major effects of alcohol. We can only warn them and hope they don't follow the same mistakes we did.
  6. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    How much the body can actually take before it starts to affect you I think is probably down to each individual person. While it's true that all alcoholics have the same sign and symptoms, how soon it starts to show will.

    If you weigh up all the pro's and con's with drinking you'll find that the negatives definitley outweigh the positives. Unfortunately with alocohol being legal, people have adopted it into their way of life and it's a habit thats hard to break.
  7. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    If taken moderately, it's good to drink alcohol; it has its benefits, in spite of everything that's being said about it.
    But the majority of people take it just for the sake of getting drunk and feel that head buzz, which is bad. If you persist drinking it exaggerately, your liver will suffer the most, but also along with your brain... it damages the cells.
  8. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    There are 3 main things that cancer thrives on. Sugar, smoking, and alcohol. There are other more obvious reasons why you shouldn't smoke but I thought I brush up on some that most would have missed.
  9. fagoot1

    fagoot1 Member

    Alcohol consumption can lead to Anemia since number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells to be abnormally low. Not to mention Cancer and Cardiovascular disease. And the worst is its effects on the nervous system and your brain.
  10. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I think that the amount of damage alcohol can cause depends on the amount of alcohol one have taken or will take. Some of those alcoholics that I know suffered from high blood and some experienced stroke. Alcohol also affects liver and other organs.
  11. XiaoDre

    XiaoDre Active Contributor

    There are a lot of harmful things that happens to the body from the effects of alcohol. Some of these effects include diabetes, cancer, and mental health problems. When I was younger I was only aware of catching cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol, but alcohol can cause major damage to the body in the future. It is important for everyone to know about these harmful effects of alcohol.
  12. adfnio

    adfnio Community Champion

    Cancer cells actually feed off of alcohol and they multiply and get bigger until the become full blown tumors. Besides sugar and cigarette smoke, alcohol is right up there as cancer inducer.
  13. sillylucy

    sillylucy Community Champion

    You are so right Fuz! I was only 21 and I was getting weird dark marks on my face because my liver was so dirty. Now that I quit drinking my liver feels better and I just feel better overall. My sister is 29 and her skin looks really bad because she is drinking like a fish. She also has a beer belly and looks pregnant.
  14. Pafpartner

    Pafpartner Member

    Many people will choose low calorie alcohol drinks or low carb alcoholic beverages in an attempt to avoid the fat storage issue. They feel that by making this choice the only bad effects of alcohol - increased fat storage - will be minimized.

    But what you didn't know is that only about 5% of the calories from alcohol are stored as fat!

    Then it hit me as it should hit you right about now...

    The effects of alcohol on the body are far more damaging than can be predicted by the number of empty calories in some alcoholic beverage.

    The truth is...

    Alcohol really affects the amount of fat your body can and will burn for energy!

    In a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Research they concluded that just a mere 24g of alcohol consumption showed whole-body lipid oxidation ( the rate at which your body burns fat) decreased by a whopping 73%!

    When alcohol goes thru the liver, the by-product is called Acetate. It would appear that acetate puts the proverbial brakes on fat burning.
  15. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Yes to this. I think this is probably the biggest telltale sign to me of someone who has struggled or is struggling with alcoholism. It makes them look far older than they are, in basically every case I've come across. Since you are poisoning yourself I guess it's a no brainer that physical features are likely to suffer as a result -- not to mention all the stuff it does to a persons insides.
  16. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    One of the bad affects of excessive intake of alcohol is that it could cause you to have liver cancer. I've also heard that you'll get hypertension too.
  17. Sarah15

    Sarah15 Member

    We hear a lot about how alcohol ruins your liver etc, but it can also contribute to diabetes and heart disease, as well as weakening bones and joints. I don't think any part of our body escapes the damage really.

    Alcohol can also make mental illness like depression a whole lot worse, and it is therefore not advisable to self-medicate as this just exacerbates the problem.
  18. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Wow, it's a double pronged attack then. Not only are you ingesting more calories when you drink, your body then becomes less able to burn it off.
  19. Mehul Raval

    Mehul Raval Member

    I think that the liver has to suffer the most because drinking regularly really takes a toll on that part of your body.
    It can also cause brain problems and can make your mind feel much less responsive and fast than it used to.
  20. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I think the liver is the hardest hit for anyone who is addicted to alcohol. From what I understand there comes a point where your liver just can't process it anymore and as for the brain activity decrease it might be possible but I think your liver would give out faster.