It’s rare people think about the consequences when they start drinking. Maybe the short-term ones that involve the possibility of a hangover the next morning, but never the long-term ones.
Depending on how much and how often you drink, the long-term consequences may be severe. The longer you ignore the signs and the symptoms, the harder it is to conquer them.
And the longer it takes for you to recuperate from all the damage you’ve done. Sometimes, the damage is irreparable.
Keep reading to learn about the effects of alcoholism. It may save your life.
The Short-Term Effects of Alcoholism
In 2015, 15.1 million adults suffered from alcohol use disorder (AUD). Only 6.7% sought treatment.
88,000 people died from alcohol-related causes that year making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
The problem with drinking is that each person has a different tolerance level. It also can sneak up on you. First, you start by having a few drinks with friends.
But a few drinks can turn into too many really quickly. Especially if you’re binge drinking, which is four drinks in a two hour period for women and five drinks in a two hour period for men.
Some of the short-term consequences for drinking too much are slowed speech, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, impaired judgment, and even blackouts.
Then there are the accidents that can happen due to alcohol that can land you in the hospital or worse. Every single day 29 people die in alcohol-related traffic deaths.
The Long-Term Consequences Of Alcohol Abuse
As you continue to abuse alcohol, it starts to affect your mind and body negatively. That’s partly because alcohol is a depressant.
It starts to negatively affect how you think and feel. As a result, it’s not uncommon for alcoholics to engage in sexual assault, domestic violence, and cause firearm injuries to themselves and others.
Their bodies begin to suffer and many suffer from high blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases. Liver and kidney disease are also common ailments.
Many alcoholics have a vitamin B1 deficiency. Some of the symptoms are amnesia, disorientation, and apathy.
Then there’s the negative effect on your sex life. Erectile dysfunction is one of the more common effects of alcoholism.
Consequences Of Alcohol Abuse And Your Relationships
Imagine watching someone you know and love destroy themselves as you watch unable to save or even help them. Imagine watching them as their career that they’ve worked hard to achieve falls apart because of their drinking habits.
Think about the families of the alcoholic who live in fear every single day because they have no idea whether their loved one is going to come home drunk again or even at all.
The friendships ruined as the effects of alcoholism turns someone into a person no one recognizes anymore. The lies made up to hide the drinking.
Even worse is how the person suffering from alcoholism feels about themselves. It’s not easy to wake up regretting your previous night’s decisions.
It’s embarrassing to feel out of control. The looks on your friends and families faces when you reach for that next drink fills you with shame yet you can’t seem to stop.
It’s time to stop letting your fear, guilt, and shame rule your life. Reach out and ask for help because it’s there.
One of the effects of alcoholism is that is makes you feel powerless, but you’re not. You can change your life.
Only you can make that first step. Contact us and begin your journey to recovery today.