Does your Immune System get harmed by Alcohol Consumption?

Alcohol - the world's largest and most commonly consumed drug! The impact of alcohol on your body starts almost instantly (from the first sip only). An occasional glass of wine doesn't seem like a concern to most of us, however, the cumulative effects of occasional and binge drinking can take you for a ride.

Does your Immune System get harmed by Alcohol Consumption?

In our fast-paced world staying healthy is the most important concern for all. Eating healthy is the key to stay strong. But, you should also know which foods and drinks you must refrain from. A person with a weak immune system falls sick again and again. This is because the power to fight against the attacking bacteria and viruses is seeing a downfall. Too much booze threatens the immune system at large.

The effects of alcohol on the body can be short term or long term depending on how it alters your immune system. Alcohol misuse can also lead to abruption in circadian rhythm which can affect your sleep patterns, cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, and diabetes.

Read on to learn the effects of alcohol abuse on your body.

Side Effects of Alcohol Abuse

The short-term effects of alcohol abuse are:

  • Vision impairment
  • Slurred speech
  • Extreme shifts in mood
  • Slowed breathing
  • Lack of coordination
  • Memory lapses and blackouts
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Stomach upset, gas, bloating, etc.

The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are:

  • Shrinking of the frontal lobes of the brain
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Liver damage
  • Pulmonary infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Bone thinning or osteoporosis
  • Nerve Damage
  • Painful ulcers
  • People with long-term alcohol dependence face withdrawal complications like hallucinations
  • Diabetic complications
  • Numbness and muscle cramps
    Birth defects like improper mental development and fetal alcohol syndrome

A glass of alcohol a day won't do too much damage, but, ones you develop a habit it will be hard to stop after a single glass. So the key is to drink in moderation and avoid addiction!

Heavy drinking can weaken your immune system that helps fight back diseases. Most of the side effects of alcohol will evolve without symptoms. Thus we recommend more frequent regular medical checkups for the individuals who binge drink. Timely detection of any disease can help you treat and manage it within time.

Stay away from alcohol for a better and disease-free living!

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