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.