March 24, 2008

Long term affects of alchol

Long term alcohol abuse does a number of things to your body, including:

  • Increased activity in the liver causes cell death and hardening of the tissue.

  • Brain cells die, thereby reducing the total brain mass.

  • Stomach and intestinal ulcers can form because the constant alcohol use irritates and degrades the linings.

  • Blood pressure increases as the heart compensates for the initially reduced blood pressure caused by alcohol.

  • Male sex-cell (sperm) production decreases 

  • Poor nutrition decreases levels of iron and vitamin B, leading to anemia.

  • Because alcoholics lose balance and fall more often, they suffer more often from bruises and broken bones; this is especially true as they get older.

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