Alcohol-related concerns such as Alcohol Withdrawal are not new in this world. It is a shocking fact that more than 200 alcohol-related maladies have been recorded. According to data published as part of the US Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025, women consume one drink or less on average in a day, whereas men take at least twice as much as women in a whole day.
However, a significant chunk of the population is still not aware of the chronic implications of using alcohol for a prolonged period of consumption. It is true that alcohol is a carcinogen and causes an entire gamut of cancers, from cancer of the liver to cancer of the oral cavity, which is something to be worried about.
Heavy alcohol consumption can wreak havoc on your immune system and lead to the occurrence of a highly ignored disease called inflammation. Alcohol consumption can ruin the barrier of the gut epithelium and allow microbial agents to spread across the circulation, resulting in inflammation. The two major components, the liver, and the brain, are damaged in the process. Chronic alcohol usage can also ramp up the circulation of unfavorable inflammatory cytokines and further increase the scope of inflammation.
· Myocardial Infarction And High Blood Pressure
These maladies come under the category of cardiovascular diseases. Also known as a heart attack, myocardial infarction can occur in anyone, even those who consume one or two drinks per day. Further, the risk of hypertension owing to high blood pressure is a health concern for many.
· Fibrosis And Cirrhosis
The process of fibrosis takes the form of collagen deposition that further formulates a chicken wire silhouette along the lines of sinusoids. Fibrosis in an advanced form can alter and damage the entire hepatic architecture and associated blood flow. A few of the complications include hepatorenal syndrome, portal hypertension, and so on. Also, it can lead to the birth of life-threatening maladies that may multiply in their effects over time.
Thus, it is essential to create awareness around the health risks associated with alcohol addiction and provide motivation whenever it is necessary to quit or cut down on alcohol.