While party life is fun for a short while, some of your choices might come back to haunt you later. Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to multiple unwanted health issues that you probably don’t want in your life. Add to this lifestyle factor a family history of the disease and you could have a recipe for ill health disaster.
The good news is that you can do something about it. The bad news is that you’ll want to do this before you start suffering from any of these unwanted health conditions:
Permanent memory loss
Although most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to blurry memory and memory lapses while you’re drinking, they don’t realize it can cause other memory problems and blackouts on days when you don’t drink. There is a condition called wet brain which is very serious if left untreated. Wet Brain Symptoms include confusion, changes in your vision and even coma.
Although it can be treated with vitamin B1 supplementation and avoiding alcohol, it can become even more serious in later stages and lead to permanent memory loss and even hallucinations that cannot be treated.
Sexual health issues
Nobody wants to have problems with their sexual health. Consuming too much alcohol too often can do just that. People who party too much can have a hard time getting intimate. This may be a temporary problem, but in some cases it may be long term. There are of course other causes of sexual health problems, but for those who are already looking to quit drinking, this can be a great reason to say goodbye.
The occasional drink is unlikely to cause problems, but bulimia is an entirely different matter. Many alcoholics experience sexual health issues that they don’t realize are associated with their drinking habits.
Increased risk of cancer
Cancer is a big disease that most people are too scared to talk about. It’s the one that affects anyone we know, and we hope it never affects us. But did you know that 90% of cancers are caused by environmental factors, things we can control, not genetics? This means that there are ways to reduce your risk of cancer.
Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for an increased risk of cancer. In particular, it increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, stomach and breast. It can also lead to liver cancer. All of these can be devastating and provide a great reason to enjoy an alcoholic beverage occasionally rather than all the time.
High blood pressure
Want to improve your blood pressure? Stop drinking. Seriously, alcohol is a major factor in people with high blood pressure and its accompanying symptoms. While there are medications that can help lower blood pressure, the best thing you can do is make lifestyle changes that naturally lower your blood pressure. Although obesity and metabolic disease also impact blood pressure, one of the best things you can do is stop drinking regularly. This will help improve your cardiovascular health, reduce your risk of serious illness or even death.
Weakened immune system
Immunity is difficult to measure. But weak people immune systems are not only more susceptible to things like colds and flu, but they are also more likely to have other health conditions and may be at higher risk for cancer. The immune system also helps you with digestion, brain health, and more. You can experience hair loss, skin issues, and even more fatigue if your immune system isn’t working.
Unforeseen skin problems
Your skin is your first line of defense against pathogens and other problems. But it’s also one of the first places to reveal your body’s internal problems. From eczema and chicken skin to random rashes and sores, many unforeseen skin problems can result from excessive alcohol consumption.
Final Thoughts on Health and Alcohol Consumption
There are conflicting studies on how much is too much. But if you’re asking this question, chances are you need to cut back if you want to improve your health. An occasional weekly drink won’t do you much harm, but one daily drink or multiple drinks a day could put you at increased risk for all of these unwanted health problems.
Last modification: April 29, 2022