This is What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Alcohol

Are you wondering what happens to you body when you drink alcohol? If yes, you should click here for the important things to know.

Binge drinking is defined as having 5 or more alcoholics beverages in one session. Now, this isn’t uncommon for many; people often enjoy drinks after work, at sporting events, and parties. 

Drinkers enjoy the sense of euphoria, excitement, and lowering of inhibitions that occur when consuming; however, the negative long-term effects far outweigh the temporary benefits (arguably).

Drinking too much wine, beer or spirits can not only impair motor function and impulse control but can harm your body. This isn’t necessarily something to worry about if you are a moderate drinker but for those who enjoy binge drinking, it’s important to know the long-term effects.

If you drink more than your body can filter out, it enters your bloodstream and spreads throughout your entire body. It can affect the body’s nerve endings, shrink the frontal lobes of your brain (which can affect the way you think and learn), as well as a wide variety of detailed functions.

The following categories are all of the areas in your body alcohol touches, the short term effects and long term ( some of the things that MAY happen) after taking that first (perhaps of many) sips.

Short Term Effects

The liver can dispose of one alcoholic drink per hour; however, this is a generalization that does not take into consideration someone’s age, weight, and liver function. Let’s just assume you’ve had more than one drink in an hour.

All of these things could happen (if you keep drinking):

  • Lowering of your inhibitions
  • Loss of judgment and inability to concentrate
  • Mood swings
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Reduced Body Temperature
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • You could pass out/blackout

Long Term Effects 

If your body gets used to experiencing the short-term symptoms regularly, the long term effects are much more extensive. 

All of these things could happen (if you keep drinking):

  • A weakening of the immune system

Alcohol slows everything, including the immune system. Your white blood cell count goes way down, crippling your body’s ability to fight infection. Therefore, heavy drinkers are more likely to succumb to illness and disease (even cancer).

  • Inhibiting of bone production

This puts you at risk for fractures and osteoporosis (weak bones). On top of this, it does the same thing to your muscles…

  • Harming of the reproductive system

Producing erectile dysfunction in men, a ceasing of menstruation in women (as well as a heightened risk of breast cancer).

It wreaks hormonal havoc. For example, Alcohol interferes with the hormone that tells your kidneys not to make too much urine (hello dehydration).

  • Circulation issues

Drinking is just not good for your heart period. Excessive drinking can produce high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, stroke or heart attack.

  • Digestive issues

Alcohol raises the amount of acid in your stomach. The high levels of stomach juices affect your hunger as well as irritates the Intestine and colon, throwing off the speed at which food moves. Hence things like diarrhea and heartburn.

This could also result in gum disease, internal bleeding, stomach ulcers, and hemorrhoids.

  • Brain damage

Perhaps the most noticeable short-term effects of binge drinking concern the central nervous system but also the long term; that shrinking of the frontal lobes we mentioned earlier.

This is not to mention the effects of withdrawals (hallucinations, etc.). If you are this dependent on alcohol, definitely look into some alcohol treatment services

  •  Damaging of excretory organs

Your body works hard to eliminate waste; this is how it views alcohol. If you work your body too hard, you can cause damage to your kidney, bladder, and prostate.

  • Hearing loss

Yup. Long-term drinkers are even susceptible to hearing loss. 

But most importantly…

When You Drink Alcohol Your Liver Goes to War

Your liver breaks all the alcohol you consume, handling the bulk of the toxins. This can make that organ fatty as fibrous tissue builds up.

This affects blood flow, which the liver needs to survive. Your liver can then scar and quit working well (cirrhosis).

Your liver also produces the sugar in your bloodstream that makes you feel energetic but if it’s busy processing alcohol you’re going to feel…

A Hangover

It’s no wonder you’re hungover. When you drink alcohol your body becomes dehydrated as all of your blood vessels have expanded. Your body hates all of the toxins it now has within it.

Alcohol simply slows your body down, keeping it from doing what it is supposed to. Everything IS good in moderation, just make sure you know where that line is when it comes to alcohol (it’s a very hard line to see).

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