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How Bad Is Alcohol For Your Body?

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Whilst many of us are aware that alcohol is not good for our bodies, that doesn’t stop us from indulging in one of the world’s most common, and in some cases most favourite, pastimes. But are we truly aware of the dangers that alcohol presents to us when we consume it?

Here are five very real dangers associated with alcohol consumption”

1. Cirrhosis

Alcohol is toxic to the liver and when we drink too much of it, it damages this vital organ in our bodies leaving it heavily scarred. That’s when cirrhosis develops. Cirrhosis is a sometimes lethal condition where the liver, responsible for the detoxification of blood in the body, can no longer function.

2. Cardiovascular Disease

Heavy drinking can cause platelets in the blood stream to be more likely to clump together forming blood clots. This can then lead to heart attack or stroke. Binge drinking can also cause cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscles fail or become irregular.

3. Anemia

Over-consumption of alcohol can cause the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in the body to drop, leading to an iron deficiency in the body. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, anxiety, hair loss, depression, insomnia and restless leg syndrome.

4. Nerve Damage

Alcoholic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage which can produce a a painful pins-and-needles feeling or numbness in the extremities as well as muscle weakness, incontinence, constipation, erectile dysfunction, and other problems.

5. Cancer

According to scientists, alcohol increases the risk of developing some cancers when the body converts alcohol into a potent carcinogen known as acetaldehyde. Cancers associated with drinking include cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophogus, liver, breast and colorectal region.