Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
There are many serious symptoms of alcohol abuse and they will generally depend on the severity of the AUD – such as how much alcohol is being consumed on a daily basis and how long the concerned individual has been struggling with the AUD.
Alcohol Abuse – Long-Term Effects
Those who abuse alcohol for any extended length of time will suffer serious long-term effects. These effects might be physical, psychological, or they might be in the form of major personal consequences (such as the ending of a meaningful relationship or the loss of a high-profile career). Here are some of the effects that long-term alcohol abuse has on the physical body:
There were a total of 83,517 liver disease deaths in the year 2018. Of these deaths, 47.8 percent involved long-term alcohol abuse.
- Cirrhosis of the liver is also very common among alcoholics
Of all the cirrhosis deaths that occurred in the year 2013, over 49 percent involved long-term alcohol abuse.
- Drinking alcohol excessively increases the risk of getting cancer later on in life.
Those who drink excessively are at greater risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, breasts and liver. Excessive alcohol consumption is tied to many varying types of cancer.
- Those who drink heavily are at greater risk of heart disease – in fact, alcoholism is one of the leading causes of heart disease
Those who struggle with a long-term alcohol abuse disorder are also at greater risk of stroke.
- Pancreatitis is a common side effect of alcohol abuse
Alcohol causes the blood vessels surrounding the pancreas to swell, and emergency surgery may be necessary.
- Even when consumed in small amounts alcohol can have serious effects on the stomach and gastrointestinal system
Long-term effects include permanent stomach damage.
- Those who drink excessively for years may experience “wet brain” syndrome, which alludes to irreversible brain damage.
Over time alcohol changes brain chemistry and limits its ability to function properly.