Drinking in moderation, alcohol does not harm healthy people, it can even have benefits, some studies show. However, from moderate consumption can easily lead to alcohol dependence, with serious effects on the whole body.
When alcohol is consumed occasionally and in small quantities, the body finds relatively easily the resources needed to counteract the damage caused by it. However, alcohol becomes a health problem when consumed daily, in this case addiction occurs, felt both physically and mentally. All organs are affected by excess alcohol for long periods, which significantly increases the risk of cancer, especially in the mouth and pharynx.
Cirrhosis, effect of chronic consumption
Once in the bloodstream, alcohol reaches the liver, kidneys, spleen and brain. Among the most affected organs is the liver, the place where alcohol is metabolized. Frequent alcohol consumption leads to fat loading of liver cells, and damaged tissues in this organ can no longer recover. Against the background of malnutrition, alcoholic fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) occurs, and alcohol abuse for a period of 10-15 years has the effect of liver cirrhosis.
Giving up alcohol is more than necessary in this condition, complications such as esophageal varices with hemorrhage can be fatal. Alcoholics face a number of deficiencies. Thus, alcohol impoverishes the body with vitamins and minerals, which can reduce their absorption. Excessive alcohol consumption is also the cause of most chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).