May 16, 2008
Alcohol: the Slow, Relentless Killer
Alcoholism has become one of the most prevalent diseases in our society today. The everyday pressures of life and the burden of worries that we face every day have served as a catalyst for this growing affliction.
More and more people seek an escape from these modern demands and pressures many times at the bottom of a bottle without the realization that this will only worsen the problems they are experiencing in their social life or workplace.
Alcohol by nature acts as a depressant, which means that the more you drink, the more despair and unhappiness you will feel. Thus a vicious cycle begins.
An individual seeks escape in alcohol, the problems worsen, the individual seeks more alcohol for escape…so on and so on. This is the cycle that inevitably leads to alcohol addiction. The result of these actions on the body is disastrous as the body cannot keep up with the ever increasing levels of intoxication.
When you drink alcohol, it passes down through your esophagus and into your stomach, where it is absorbed into the blood stream. Your blood flows into your liver, the organ that is responsible for breaking down the alcohol into other chemicals.
These chemicals in turn are converted into water and carbon dioxide to be excreted. Although this process may sound simple, it is fact very complex as these functions are performed by your liver instantaneously. So, when you drink more alcohol than your liver can put up with, there is no way that your liver can keep up and your blood alcohol level rises.