Is My Alcoholism Making Me Sick? Learn More about Alcohol and Your Health

“Am I drinking too much? Is alcohol making me sick?  Is alcohol causing my health problems? Do I need alcoholism rehab?”  At Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches, we hear questions like this from people like you every day.  If you have an alcohol problem, you’ve probably already suffered the consequences.  Maybe you’ve lost relationships with friends or romantic partners.  Maybe you’ve lost your job.  You’ve lost interest in things you used to care about.  You’ve probably also noticed some physical effects, too, like hangovers, sleep problems, and intense cravings.  Perhaps you’ve notice that your tolerance for larger and larger amounts of alcohol just keeps growing.  These are all short-term effects of alcohol abuse, but did you know that alcoholism also has serious long-term effects? One in 25 deaths around the world can be linked to alcohol abuse.  Over the years, your drinking problem will take an enormous toll on almost all of your bodily systems. For instance:

Brain: High alcohol levels are linked to n aincrease in the toxic amino acid homocysteine, which damages the nervous system and is linked to brain shrinkage, brain atrophy, tremors, and seizures during withdrawal. Alcohol is also strongly linked to many kinds of mental illness. It also increases the risk of stroke by more than 60%, and in adolescents it can slow the development of the brain.

Liver: Long-term alcohol abuse causes cirrhosis of the liver, fatty liver, and hepatitis and is also linked to liver cancer.

Pancreas: Alcoholism slowly destroys the pancreas, which regulates insulin in the body.  This can lead to diabetes and even pancreatic cancer.

A few more of the many disorders and diseases linked to long-term alcohol abuse include alcoholic lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney stones, diabetes, and several kinds of cancer.

If you have a problem with alcohol, it’s important to get help as soon as possible, before it has serious and irreversible effects on your health.  Archstone Recovery can help.  Archstone Recovery offers a range of inpatient and outpatient alcohol rehabilitation programs, and services combine detox with a twelve-step approach that honors the whole person while creating a path to recovery.  Alcoholics from Florida (FL), New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Washington, DC, Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), New England, and all over the United States travel to our beautiful, state-of-the-art drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in sunny Lantana, Florida, to begin their sobriety in a safe and serene environment with the medical, psychological, and peer support they need. If you’re ready to get sober and begin recovering from alcoholism, contact Archstone Recovery today.

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