Alcohol Abuse – More Risky Than You Think

Someone dies from alcohol use every ten seconds, and one night of binge drinking can take a huge toll on your immune system.

Dr. Samuel Ball of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) reveals the myriad effects alcohol has on your brain and body.


 A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY: KNOW THE AMOUNTS

Knowing how much alcohol constitutes a “standard” drink can help you determine how much you are drinking and understand the risks. One standard drink contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol. In more familiar terms, the following amounts constitute one standard drink:

National Institute of Health, Alcohol Percent in Beverages • 12 fluid ounces of beer (about 5% alcohol)

 

• 8 to 9 fluid ounces of malt liquor (about 7% alcohol)

 

• 5 fluid ounces of table wine (about 12% alcohol)

 

• 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol)

Heavy or Binge Drinker? Alcohol Affects the Whole Body

Dr. Samuel Ball - How Alcohol Affects Your Brain And Body - YouTube

Liver

Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas

Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion. 

Pancreatitis has two forms: acute and chronic. Common causes of pancreatitis are gallstones and heavy alcohol use.

Cancer

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System

Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

Excess alcohol consumption may lead to immune deficiency, causing increased susceptibility to certain diseases.  Life-threatening complications of alcoholism such as liver disease and liver failure may have a component of autoimmunity, in which the immune system turns on the body’s own tissues. From National Institute of Health, National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol and the Immune System.

Brain

Using brain imaging and psychological tests, researchers have identified the regions of the brain most vulnerable to alcohol’s effects. These include:

  • CEREBELLUM – This area controls motor coordination. Damage to the cerebellum results in a loss of balance and stumbling, and also may affect cognitive functions such as memory and emotional response.
  • LIMBIC SYSTEM – This complex brain system monitors a variety of tasks including memory and emotion. Damage to this area impairs each of these functions.
  • CEREBRAL CORTEX – Our abilities to think, plan, behave intelligently, and interact socially stem from this brain region. In addition, this area connects the brain to the rest of the nervous system. Changes and damage to this area impair the ability to solve problems, remember, and learn.

Pamphlets and Brochures from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

How to Get Help for Alcoholism

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Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and educationcognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.

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Chronic Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Alcoholism Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing

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