Alcoholism and Your Body’s Health: Start Healing Today with Archstone Recovery
If you’re drinking too much, you probably already see the effects alcohol is having on your life. You’ve lost friends, maybe even your spouse or partner. Your work performance has suffered; maybe you’ve even lost your job. You’ve lost interest in things you used to care about. And maybe you’ve experienced some physical effects, too, like hangovers and intense cravings, and you’ve built up a larger and larger tolerance. Unfortunately, the effects of alcoholism on your health don’t stop here. In fact, alcohol abuse is linked to approximately 1 in 25 deaths worldwide. Long-term alcohol abuse can have an enormously negative effect on almost all of your bodily systems. Some examples include:
Brain: High alcohol levels are linked to increase 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, located in Lantana, Florida, offers a range of inpatient and outpatient alcohol rehabilitation programs, and services combined detox with a twelve-step approach that honors the whole person while creating a path to recovery. If you’re ready to get sober and begin recovering from alcoholism, and live in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania or any other state, contact Archstone Recovery today.