Alcohol Use-Learn the Long-Term Health Effects
Do you drink frequently? Do you ever have trouble controlling your alcohol consumption? Do you ever worry about the long-term health effects that your drinking might be having on your life? Alcoholism is one of the most pervasive problems plaguing this country and its people. It can cause health problems, from heart disease and cirrhosis, other liver disorders, to cancer and forms of memory loss. And that's not to mention the devastating effects alcoholism has on personal well-being, family life, relationships, and friends. Click here to learn more about how alcoholism affects youths who start drinking when they're young.
Alcoholism and 3 of its Surprising Health Effects
You might be familiar with some of the effects of alcoholism on health, but some of the health effects might surprise you. Here are three you might not know about:
•Heartburn: Most people probably don't expect alcohol to be the cause of their acid reflux, but the new study has shown that they are related. If you abuse alcohol or suffer from alcoholism, you most likely aren't even aware of how many health problems it's causing you. Now heartburn is being added to the list of ways that alcohol can harm the human body.
•The Ability to Control Drinking: A new study conducted by The Scripps Research Institute suggests that even intermittent binge-drinking can severely impair the brain's ability to control alcohol intake. The study, which focused on rats given varying amounts of alcohol, showed that even after only a few months of intermittent binge drinking the rats had difficulty controlling the amount they drank.
•PTSD: Though people often begin drinking heavily in order to forget something, new research has shown that excessive drinking can actually rewire the brain and produce the opposite. The effect is so strong that drinking can actually lead to or contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The studies were conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and involved groups of mice, one of which was given large doses of alcohol. The study leads to the conclusion that those drinking too much-like alcoholics-may be further aggravating emotional issues that might have led to drinking in the first place. Click here to learn more about how alcoholism can impact PTSD.
Hope for Alcohol Abuse and its Health Effects
Alcoholics have risk for cirrhosis and other liver disorders, memory loss, heart disease, cancer, and epilepsy, to name a few. People who try to quit drinking often have a very hard time, and chronic drinkers can experience alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The addictive properties of alcohol can make it very tempting for an alcoholic to relapse. Thankfully, there is good help available. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications have proved effective in treating alcoholism, and combined with the right treatment center, alcohol can be kicked permanently. Ask yourself if you're ready to quit before you do permanent harm to yourself. You can begin a new, booze-free life.
Help for Alcoholism in PA and NJ
Call Retreat at Lancaster County to talk about ways to treat alcoholism. Thankfully, there is good help available. We can arrange transportation from nearby states like OH, PA, NJ, NY, and DE, or major cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our core curriculum for treatment and recovery.