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What Too Much Alcohol Can Do to Your Body

Friday, April 24, 2020

Many Americans enjoy a drink at the end of a hard day. A glass of wine or a cold beer isn’t a bad thing at all. What can be damaging both mentally and physically is if it’s more than a few drinks in the evening every day of the week. When drinking becomes a pattern that is necessary for survival, that’s when negative effects happen to the whole body.

With many Americans stuck at home with boredom or stress of the current situation, drinking is quickly becoming a way to pass the time and lift spirits. To explain why this may not be the best option, the experts at SouthCoast Health are describing what too much alcohol can do to your body below.

The Effects of Too Much Alcohol

Aside from experiencing intoxication and feelings of drunkenness, excessive drinking can also cause many issues for your body and your mind. Here are some of the short-term effects:

  • Issues concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Vomiting
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Dulled senses
  • Lack of coordination
  • Inability to judge and make decisions

However, if excessive drinking becomes habitual, it can lead to even worse effects. Here’s what can happen to your body:

  • Loss of memory
  • Stroke
  • Inability to learn
  • Increased risk of throat, mouth, larynx, breast, liver, colorectal, and esophageal cancer
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble learning
  • Medical conditions such as alcoholic hepatitis, liver fibrosis, and steatosis
  • Loss of function in liver
  • Alcohol poisoning

With alcohol, it’s always best in moderation. The above effects don’t mean you shouldn’t drink at all. We encourage everyone to make educated decisions on their habits and their health, especially in this stressful time.

If you have any more questions about what too much alcohol can do to your body below, click here to schedule an appointment with the experts at SouthCoast Health or give us a call at 912-691-3600.


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