The consequences of alcohol addiction

consequences of alcohol

Alcoholism is a serious medical disease with signs and symptoms that vary depending on the amount and frequency of consumption. Progressing alcoholism will significantly disrupt the lives of users and their families.

Progressive increases in the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption can begin to produce more serious medical symptoms of alcoholism. Someone abusing alcohol makes drinking a central activity of her life, displacing healthy activity and relationships, and resulting in negative consequences. Alcohol abusers often maintain some capacity to recognize situations that lead to over-consumption, and to regulate their alcohol intake.

Alcohol addiction causes 2.5 million deaths annually, this report ‘GISAH’ (Global Information System on Alcohol and Health). It is not new that alcohol addiction the most common form of addiction. Alcohol can be psychological, physical and social damage.


Physical and psychological consequences


  • – In particular, the long-term memory deteriorates (temporarily) good drink after a night. Also, if the alcohol has disappeared. Completely from the blood
  • – Blackouts can occur. This means that you do not remember the time when you were under the influence! Usually this happens when you drink (more than 8 glasses) in a short amount of time.
  • – Of course there is the famous ‘hangover’, where the brains have a fluid deficiency. Hangovers can cause nausea, headache, dizziness, insomnia and even heart palpitations.



  1. – Fatty liver is one of the most common disorders of alcohol addiction. In this condition fats are not broken, but stored in the liver, because the liver breaks down alcohol and has no time for other substances. As a result, the liver up to 3 times as large. Only through long time use no alcohol, this can be cured.
  2. – Inflammation of the liver, also known (alcohol) called hepatitis may occur in the administration of a large amount of alcohol, but not necessarily. It can also occur without changes in drinking patterns. Characteristic of a liver inflammation include severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite and fever. A Liver Inflammation can be fatal. 10 to 30% dies from this condition.
  3. – Liver cirrhosis, a liver disease patient survives, then start drinking again, there may be a chronic inflammation occur, which can lead to liver cirrhosis. Alcoholism is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis (15%). In cirrhotic liver cells are destroyed, making it lose its functionality. It is a serious condition that usually can not be cured and many complaints may bring.


Because alcohol is very corrosive, excessive use of alcohol irritate the mucous membrane, causing the inflammation. Brain Damage Alcohol acts directly on the brains. Research has shown that drinkers smaller (shrunken) have brains than alcohol users. This can lead to memory loss and reduction of the concentration.


The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a severe form of brain damage, much like dementia. Alcohol can affect the brains in such a way that it is no longer able to function normally. This can lead to serious confusion, not recognizing family and friends, depression, anxiety and panic attacks


Pancreatitis, or pancreatitis, is often the result of alcohol addiction. Characteristic of this inflammation is severe pain in the upper abdomen, back and weight loss.


Alcohol addiction can lead to a narrowing of blood vessels, heart muscle weakness, stroke, high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias. However, moderate consumption of alcohol users is good for heart and blood vessels.


An estimated 10% of all cancer deaths in alcohol to devote. The risk of oral cavity, nasal cavity, pharynx, pancreas, esophagus, and liver cancer is increased. In women, there is also found a link between alcohol and breast cancer.


By drinking large amounts of alcohol, alcohol poisoning occur. Characteristic speak for this condition include disorientation, loss of consciousness and effort. Delirium develops very rapidly (in hours or even days). This condition can be fatal.


Various studies have shown that alcoholics yields twice as likely to have psychological problems than non alcohol users. In a third group of people with chronic mental health problems alcohol addiction the cause. Shows


Alcohol addiction can be both a cause and consequence of anxiety attacks. Research shows that panic attacks, anxiety attacks, obsessions and social phobia’s more common in alcoholics.


Just as fear can also depression both a cause and a consequence of alcohol addiction. In people with alcohol problems is the risk of depression four times as large.