Heavy drinking on a regular basis can create an increased risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Some psychiatric conditions (anxiety, depression, stress)
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can result in birth defects
- Heart disease
- (irreversible) Severely impaired brain function
If you abuse alcohol, your aging process will also be noticeably accelerated. The excessive amount of alcohol that you regularly drink will grey your the skin by dehydrating your body overall, thereby depriving your skin of essential nutrients and vitamins. Your face and neck (and other parts of your body) will become spotty and sore. Also, your cheeks will become permanently bloated due to the damaging toxins you’re putting into your body, day after day, night after night, week after week…
And that’s ‘not all’
Another serious health condition caused by alcoholism is Alcoholic Hepatitis (also known as Acute Liver Disease): inflammation of the liver due to excessive intake of alcohol, over time.
Typical symptoms of Alcoholic Hepatitis (which is more common in men than women), include:
- Loss of appetite
- Jaundice (and a yellowing to the whites of the eyes)
- A change to the colour of urine (to a darker yellow, usually)
As well as:
- Digestive issues (and sudden vomiting)
- Enlargement of the liver, and
- Development of fluid in the abdomen (causing swelling and a bloated feeling)
Throw fluid retention in the legs, ankles and feet; rashes, itchy skin, and skin flaking; and an almost overwhelming feeling of exhaustion, into the mix, and you’ve got a health condition that can actually be a living hell.
Nine out of ten cases of Hepatitis in the liver are alcohol-caused. And with prevention being better than cure, the best thing to do to avoid the nightmare of Alcohol Hepatitis is to do something about your heaving drinking immediately.
A final word
Perhaps the scariest thing of all about Alcoholic Hepatitis is that, for some people who have it, there are no symptoms at all. This is rare but it does happen. That means heavy drinkers with severe Alcoholic Hepatitis could be at risk of death, even if their body is not telling them that something is seriously wrong.