Alcohol Awareness Month: Bodily Harm Caused by Alcohol Addiction

Bodily Harm Caused by Alcohol Addiction
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Acceptance Recovery Center in Scottsdale, Arizona continues to honor and be a part of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)’s Alcohol Awareness Month. We have discussed this yearly campaign in two previous blogs and continue the conversation with a focus on the actual bodily harm caused by alcohol addiction and binge drinking.

While it might not be enjoyable to think about the physical problems and health conditions caused by heavy or regular alcohol use, it is absolutely necessary to bring it into the ongoing discussion. Many people who binge drink find it difficult to see the riskiness of the behavior since immediate consequences can be few and far between. Knowing the real and highly likely health problems that lie a few years or more ahead can help curb the behavior.

Health Problems Caused by Frequent Drinking

Alcohol is poisonous by nature, as it provides no direct nutrients to our bodies and always causes some sort of harm. Most commonly, the after-effect of this “poisoning” is disorientation, i.e. drunkenness. In small amounts and when imbibed infrequently, most people can overcome alcohol thanks to the liver’s efforts to break apart dangerous substances. People who binge drink, or who have a heightened sensitivity or allergy to ethyl alcohol, run a high risk of suffering long-term health conditions in nearly all organs and body parts.

Some of the worst and most common issues caused by excessive drinking are:

  • Cirrhosis: The liver becomes scarred due to irreparable damage caused by alcohol consumption, often paired with drug abuse. Cirrhosis may cause a number of blood-related issues, such as the inability to form blood clots when cut, or even high toxin levels in the blood.
  • High blood pressure: The heart is particularly susceptible to alcohol abuse. Due to blood changes caused by liver problems and increased cholesterol or bodily stress, you may develop dangerously high blood pressure. The problem can be exacerbated by the fact that alcohol can react negatively to medications needed to control high blood pressure.
  • Osteoporosis: Inadequate nutrition and oxygen carried through bloodstreams and by a weakened heart can cause bone marrow complications. Most often, these manifests are osteoporosis or a brittleness to the bones. People with osteoporosis must always act and move carefully, as they are highly susceptible to bone breaks in even minor accidents.

This list of potential health problems is in no way all-inclusive. The entirety of medical concerns that can be caused by alcoholism would take hours to read. We have also not even brushed upon the mental and psychological problems that can be triggered by alcohol abuse.

(For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month, click here to visit the official NCADD website.)

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About Dr. Greg Gale, MD

Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use, and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 11 years. He joins us from his role as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use, and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. Previously, he was CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operates five clinics throughout Maricopa County. Read more about Dr. Greg Gale, MD