Organs Damaged by Alcohol Abuse: What Are the Dangers of Drinking?

Are Organs Damaged by Alcohol?

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance on the planet, and alcohol use disorders are the most common substance use disorders, also known as addictions, in the world. Alcohol is not only socially accepted, but its use is actively encouraged.  However, alcohol is one of the most damaging drugs to your mind and especially your body. Many organs are damaged by alcohol, especially after long-term use. 

While some of these physical effects may be temporary or reversible, much of the organ damage caused by alcohol is permanent and even potentially fatal.

What Organs Are Damaged by Alcohol?

Because alcohol is transmitted by the bloodstream it ends up throughout the entire body, and can impact virtually any organ. However, the most severe impacts of alcohol are generally seen in the digestive, excretory, and nervous systems.

Alcohol and the Organs of the Digestive System

The digestive system includes organs such as the mouth, esophagus, and stomach  and is responsible for breaking down food and providing the bo dy with energy. Alcohol typically first enters the body through the digestive system and is also first processed there. The chemicals in alcohol cause significant damage throughout the digestive system, especially when alcohol is consumed in large doses over a long period of time.

Impacts of alcohol on the digestive system include:

  • Gastritis
  • Ulcers
  • Mouth cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Esophageal tearing

Alcohol and the Organs of the Excretory System

The excretory system includes organs such as the kidneys, liver, and intestines and is responsible for ridding the body of waste. In particular, the liver is responsible for processing alcohol, and suffers a significant amount of damage after long-term alcohol abuse. This is why liver problems are so closely associated with drinking. Luckily, the liver is capable of regenerating itself in many circumstances, meaning damage will not be permanent if caught early enough.

Impacts of alcohol on the excretory system include:

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Jaundice
  • Fatty liver
  • Liver cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hemorrhoids

Alcohol and the Organs of the Nervous System

The nervous system includes organs such as the brain, nerves, and spinal cord and is responsible for controlling and sending signals throughout the body. Because the nervous system impacts the entire body, any damage to the nervous system can have major impacts. Some of the most serious and dangerous complications of alcohol use involve the nervous system.

Impacts of alcohol on the nervous system include:

  • Memory loss
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Brain damage
  • Tremors
  • Wet brain
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens

Other Organs Damaged by Alcohol

Other serious physical effects of drinking include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breast cancer
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Injury
  • Death

Will My Organs Be Damaged by Drinking?

Every individual’s body is unique, as is their drinking history. This means that everyone who drinks will experience different effects. Although the specific effects might vary slightly, everyone who drinks will experience negative impacts throughout their body, effects that will be magnified the more alcohol that person consumes and the longer and faster they consume it.

The good news is that most of the negative effects of alcohol on the body can be stopped, and some can even be reversed. However, drinking has to stop in order for this to happen. Your health, or that of your loved one, can improve if you can find the proper treatment.

Prevent Organ Damage: Get Treatment Today

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