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Serious Health Risks Associated With Heavy Drinking

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Serious Health Risks Associated With Heavy Drinking

Most people don't realize just how serious heavy drinking is when it comes to their overall health. Heavy alcohol consumption can take years off of a person's life especially if they started drinking at a young age and became dependent early in life. Heavy drinking can lead to very serious health problems including the possibility of a stroke early in life according to Medline Plus.

At one time we associated strokes with the elderly but now research shows excessive drinking or drug abuse may increase a person's risk of having a stroke earlier in life.

Most people don't even think about the effect alcohol may have on their health someday if they're drinking got out of control and became excessive. Excessive use of alcohol can lead to serious health complications and some can be life threatening. Over time excessive drinking can take a toll on major organs and the damage may be irreversible. A close relative of mine is in his young 30's and he spends at least 3 days in the hospital every three or four weeks due to serious complications caused from excessive drinking. Much of the damage to his pancreas, liver and stomach is now permanent and his quality of life will never be the same.

Acute pancreatitis is caused most often by alcohol abuse and alcoholism and can be extremely painful. Symptoms can include severe abdominal pain that lasts for days and a person may also experience sweating, nausea and vomiting.

Years of heavy drinking can cause liver damage and lead to Alcoholic Liver Disease and a person may not even be aware they have this until the disease has progressed. Symptoms vary due to severity but can be painful and extremely serious. Symptoms generally worsen "after a recent period of heavy drinking".

Long term excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to Alcoholic Neuropathy which is nerve damage possibly caused from poor nutrition and poisoning of the nerve.

Some of the risks associated with alcohol use, abuse and addiction include nerve damage, brain cell damage, and heart damage, inflammation of the pancreas, cirrhosis, liver disease and erectile dysfunction.

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