Drinking problems associated with alcohol abuse can go much farther than causing financial trouble and social issues. The disease of alcoholism can affect your health greatly. You have a serious alcohol problem if you consume several drinks each day to manage your activities. Consuming large amounts of alcohol carries the risk of developing heart disease and damages the brain leading to mental illness.
Alcoholism and the Heart Disease Link
Chronic tendencies to consume large amounts of alcohol can change heart muscle tissue with fat and fiber. This can lead to an enlarged heart, causing congestive heart failure. High blood pressure, strokes and irregular heartbeat are some of the serious health problems associated with heavy alcohol consumption.
Alcohol can cause you to gain weight from the calorie content associated with binge drinking. It can interfere with certain prescription medications to treat illness. Drinking alcohol with medications prescribed by a physician can cause death.
Avoid drinking alcohol if you already have health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol and weight gain. Binge drinking and daily drinking will only increase the severity of these health issues.
Pregnant women run the increased danger of developing heart health problems by consuming alcohol. They can place their baby in peril of developing fetal alcohol syndrome. It can cause the unborn child to be mentally retarded and to develop health problems after birth.
Alcoholism and Links to Mental Illness
Both emotional and psychological problems can be contributed to alcohol abuse. Mental illness caused by alcoholism alone doesn’t have enough evidence to link alcohol as a reason for people to develop mental disease who were otherwise normal. Many people with mental problems have serious issues with drinking alcohol. There is no normalcy when it comes to risking physical and mental health to alcohol abuse.
If you have been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety attacks or panic attacks, you certainly don’t need to be consuming alcohol. It only makes the problems worsen over time. Over 40 percent of people who drink excessively have some type of mental illness related to the consumption of alcohol.
Drinking alcohol can change the chemical balance of the mind, causing you problems with concentration, memory and judgment. It can affect the brain in ways that affect your true personality. Many people that drink large amounts of alcohol can develop mood swings, personality changes and emotional problems along with possible mental disorders mentioned above influenced by uncontrollable drinking.
Mental illness can be linked to both drinking and genetics. Abstinence from alcohol can reduce the chances of developing mental problems. Many alcoholics that already had mental problems before drinking use alcohol as a mask to medicate those symptoms. They believe that drinking reduces mental problems that they are experiencing. They are wrong. Alcohol abuse only worsens those problems.
Alcoholism is classified as a mental illness. Studies suggest that intervention is the only way to help abusers remove the urge to consume alcohol. The constant desire to consume alcohol daily, drinking to get drunk, experiencing hangovers to drink again and knowing the financial or physical problems of drinking to continue consuming alcohol are all signs of serious mental illness.
The only real solution is to stop abusing alcohol or it will continue to abuse you. Taking action to end the addiction is the only answer. The first move to eliminating the relationship between you and alcohol begins with calling our hotline at 800-447-9081. We can help end your relationship with alcohol.