01 May Effects of Alcohol on the Body
Most people like a drink. 50% of adults in the UK have at least one alcoholic drink a week, that’s around 33 million people. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but excessive consumption can lead to a variety of health implications, both in the short and long term. Matt is here to help discuss what effects alcohol can have on the body.
The human liver can deal with one unit of alcohol per hour, which is about half a pint of beer. When the intake exceeds this, blood alcohol levels increase and result in intoxication. The effects of alcohol in the short-term get stronger as more is consumed. Mild intoxication is not serious but drinking to excess, results in alcohol poisoning causing vomiting, seizures and unconsciousness.
Lack of proper judgement and dulled perception caused by drinking too much can lead to more serious problems. We have found out that, more than 1 in 10 visits to accident and emergency (A&E) departments are drink related and each year in England more than 1.2 million violent incidents are linked to alcohol misuse. By cutting out or reducing our intake there is a reduced burden on the NHS and other public services. This is especially important at a time when our public services are being stretched to the limit.
Longer Term Effects:
In the longer-term more serious health implications arise. As already mentioned, the liver is the site of alcohol metabolism and so is the most affected organ. Excessive alcohol drinking can lead to liver scarring and eventually to liver failure. The risk of depression, dementia, strokes and heart attacks are all increased by alcohol misuse.
Actually, this can cause more harm than good. By relying on alcohol to try and deal with the pressures we are facing, not only are we avoiding dealing with the problem at hand.. but we are negatively impacting both our physical and mental health which can lead to making the whole situation worse.
The government recommend that both men and women should limit their intake to a maximum of 14 units per week. If this is something that you would like support with then we are here to help!
We aren’t an alcohol dependency provider however, we can help people reduce their consumption.
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