Alcoholism, like addiction to any other substance, is deteriorating to the mind as well as the body.

We have shared information on how to stay sober, how to avoid getting drunk at social occasions and how to recover from alcoholism.

For a change, here is an article on the effects of alcohol on different parts of your body – straight from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Alcohol’s Effects on the Body

Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health.  Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Brain:
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.  

Heart:
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure  

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease. See full post here

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