Alcohol is never meant to be consumed on a daily basis; however, some find the effects of alcohol to be so enjoyable that they feel the need to drink all the time, including while at work. When one finds themselves drinking every day, or are having more days in which they drink in a week than they are sober, they have potentially become addicted to alcohol.
The Effects of Alcohol on the Body
Alcohol is the only substance that affects nearly every organ in the body. Excessive alcohol use will affect the pancreas, which can cause pancreatitis which essentially destroys the pancreas. The liver is affected because the liver’s job is to break down toxins, and with the liver constantly being flooded with alcohol (a toxin), it will not function properly which can result in jaundice, inflammation and scarring called cirrhosis, and liver disease, which can eventually cause the liver to fail completely.
In addition alcohol use affects the central nervous system, the digestive system, the circulatory system, one’s sexual reproductive health, skeletal and muscle systems, and one’s immune system.
The Effects of Alcohol on the Mind
Alcohol lowers one’s inhibitions because of the way it alters the brain’s chemistry, making them say and do things they would not normally do. The problem with this is that constantly altering one’s brain chemistry causes problems when they stop drinking. Having a dependence on alcohol also makes one depressed because of the decrease in serotonin in the brain which is the chemical that controls your mood. Depression can lead to suicide or other self-harm behaviors; so those who drink in excess regularly are putting their own lives at risk in numerous ways. Drinking in copious amounts of alcohol can also lead to memory loss: ever wake up after a day of drinking and have trouble remember the events of that day?
What to do if You are Dependent on Alcohol
The first thing one must do once they or a medical professional has determined that they have a drinking problem is get medical help to go through a detoxification process. The withdrawal process from alcohol is so dangerous that it can be deadly if not done in a under medical supervision.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:
• Elevated anxiety
• Vomiting, particularly in the mornings
• And a very serious potentially life-threatening condition called delirium tremens or DTs which includes shivering and shaking (tremors), dangerously high blood pressure and fever, visual and auditory hallucinations, and even seizures.
Because benzodiazepines affect the brain so similarly to alcohol, detoxification facilities will often swap the alcohol out for a benzodiazepine such a Valium or Klonopin, then wean them off that too. While in detox, the medical professionals will keep a close eye on the patient’s vital signs to make sure they are not at risk of fatality.
Once detox is complete, the patient should follow up the detoxification with an alcohol rehabilitation program in order to continue sobriety, and learn coping skills for the problems that were making them drink so heavily in the first place.
What to do instead of drinking:
• Exercise releases endorphins which creates a good feeling and helps to lower stress
• Use coping skills such as deep breathing to manage your anxiety
• Attend 12-step meetings and get involved with a sober community
Yes, alcohol use can be fun and a good way to forget about a stressful day at work; but monitoring one’s alcohol intake is important if they wish to stay healthy. If one have gone through alcohol withdrawal in the past, the best way to avoid withdrawal symptoms is to just abstain from drinking altogether. With help from a good support system and rehabilitation program, it is possible.
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