Damages Pancreas and Causes Diabetes: Pancreas is the powerhouse of insulin as it produces insulin, but excessive alcohol consumption wreaks havoc inside it by hindering insulin production rather slowing it down. Diminishing insulin production and accumulation of other chemicals and toxins lead to inflammation and swelling of pancreas – which may ultimately lead to a serious health condition. The damaging process thus continues for years exhausting insulin production – leading to low insulin levels and diabetes. The risk for pancreatic cancer may also increase significantly.
Tired to the point of exhaustion, swollen eyes, dull morning face is what a person experiences the morning after boozing. Alcohol makes a person dehydrated, shrinks the brain and causes the blood vessels in the body and the brain to expand. This may give headaches. In addition, the acid that accumulates in the stomach due to irritation of stomach linings and the toxins give nausea and vomiting sensations. Furthermore, over-activity of the liver owing to the processing of alcohol diminishes sugar levels in the blood making the person feel weak and dull.
Damages Your Heart
Excessive drinking even for one night is enough to make the electrical signals of your heart out of sorts. Jumbled electrical signals can make your heart’s rhythm unsteady. If the binge drinking habit continues for years, then it creates havoc inside your heart – alternations in heartbeat, rhythm and other heart abnormalities can become permanent. Which means your heart begins to wear and tear; and, in the long-run, heart muscles look like a stretched old rubber. A weak heart’s blood pumping ability decreases – owing to which the blood circulation becomes slow. The outcome is seen as weakness in different parts of the body.
Causes Changes in Body Temperature and Heart Failure
Alcohol dilates or expands blood vessels and cause more blood flow to the skin. This increases the body temperature and the person may feel warm. However, this feeling is just short-lived because once the heat goes out of the body, the temperature drops. However, heavy drinking for long can lead to high blood pressure, narrowing of blood vessels and heart failure.
Whether you believe it or not, but it is a fact. Excessive alcohol consumption in the long run can impact your hearing – which could be partly due to a damage caused to the part of the brain that processes sound or the nerves that help in hearing. Irrespective of whether how the damage is caused, an alcoholic needs a sound to be louder than normal. Hearing loss can even become permanent in long-term drinkers.
Thins Bones, Lessens Muscles
Excessive drinking causes depletion of calcium levels, calcium reserves and hormonal changes. Low calcium levels and vitamin D levels can make the bones thin and fragile causing osteoporosis. An alcoholic loses weight regularly as the muscle mass decreases day-by-day due to lack of nutrients and proteins. A weak heart, poor blood circulation, lack of nutrients, proteins, low muscle mass and strength make drinkers lean and weak in the long run.
Affects Immune System
A long-term drinker becomes prone to illnesses and infections as excessive drinking makes the immune system weak. It’s not a big surprise for someone to get flu or cold after a night of binge drinking. The immune system’s ability to make new immune cells decreases due to alcohol. And the risk is even higher in long-term heavy drinkers as they are at risk of getting tuberculosis and pneumonia.