Habitual use of alcohol, regardless of the amount consumed, causes cancer a
It is estimated that 10% of all cancers affecting males and 3% of those affecting females are attributable to alcohol consumption.Liver disorders. Alcoholism can cause fatty liver and alcoholic hepatitis, that is, liver inflammation that after years of alcoholism can irreversibly and progressively destroy liver tissues (liver cirrhosis).
Gastric disturbances. Alcohol can cause inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) and is able to interfere with the absorption of B vitamins and other nutrients. Immune system. Drinking too much weakens the immune system, making the patient more prone to the development of infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Alcoholics are particularly prone to pneumonia, tuberculosis and other infections
Overdoing it once in a while produces tangible effects up to 24 hours later.Pancreatic disorders. Drinking too much can also affect the pancreas, which produces hormones that regulate metabolism and enzymes that contribute to the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Therefore pancreatitis and digestive problems can appear.
Heart problems. Alcoholism can cause high blood pressure problems and increase the risk of heart failure or stroke, but drinking even only occasionally can cause cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia.
Complications of diabetes
Alcohol interferes with the release of glucose in the liver and can increase the risk of hypoglycemia (blood glucose level that is too low). It is a dangerous situation if you are diabetic and are on insulin therapy to decrease blood glucose levels.
Sexual function and the menstrual cycle.
- Alcohol abuse can cause erectile dysfunction or interrupt the menstrual cycle (amenorrhea).
- Eye problems. Over time, alcohol abuse can cause weakness and paralysis of the eye muscles.
- Congenital diseases. Alcohol abuse during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome: the baby may already have physical and developmental problems at birth.
Osteoporosis. Alcohol can interfere with the formation of bone tissue. Therefore, bones can become brittle (osteoporosis) and present a greater risk of fractures.
Neurological complications. Alcohol abuse can negatively affect the nervous system and cause difficulties in the transmission of nerve signals, thus altering the functioning of the brain. They may appear:
- mood changes,
- changes in behavior,
- loss of judgment,
- loss of coordination,
- numbness in the extremities,
- mental disorders,
- short-term memory loss.