Most of us know the immense harm alcohol does to the liver. However, there is more harm that alcohol does to your body. Here are some examples of how alcohol harms the body.
The damage of alcohol
Long-term alcohol abuse will damage and destroy liver cells. This will prevent your liver from doing what it should do. That is, filtering harmful substances from your blood. Alcohol abuse also impacts your liver’s role in processing food into nutrients and energy that your body requires.
Excessive alcohol consumption leads directly to cognitive problems and brain lesions. Furthermore, years of heavy drinking will cause alterations to the neurons which result in reductions in brain cells size. The brain mass shrinking is largely responsible for poor sleep quality, motor skills, learning, and memory.
Eventually, long-term alcohol abuse will weaken the heart muscle. This will then cause it to sag slightly in the chest. A weakened heart will not be capable of pumping enough blood, which often results in severe damage to organs and tissues. The symptoms include constant fatigue, difficulties in breathing, swollen legs and feet. Or worse, heart failure.
Alcohol interferes with the kidney’s ability to filter the waste that builds up within the body. moreover, it causes cell damage, enlargement of the kidney as well as a negative impact on many metabolic processes.
As alcohol acts as an irritant in the digestive system, it interferes with the digestive process. This robs your body of necessary nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Chronic irritation can also lead to severe damage of the stomach lining.
Heavy alcohol consumption often results in either chronic or acute pancreatitis. The resulting symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, increased heart rate, upper abdominal pain and swollen abdomen. Other symptoms include extreme weight loss, which is caused by food malabsorption.