Net Neutrality

Affordable
Care Act

Deer Valley Counseling

Compassionate, Caring Counseling

Offices in Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale

Mobile Page

We answer the phones 7 days a week!

602.750.8051

Effects of Alcohol

  • Hangover. Fatigue, weakness, thirst, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, decreased sleep, restless sleep, vertigo, sensitivity to light and sound, decreased attention and concentration, depression, anxiety, irritability, tremors, sweating, increased pulse and systolic blood pressure.
  • Brain Damage. Heavy drinking can cause blackouts, memory loss, paralysis of the nerves that move the eyes, difficulty with muscle coordination, depression, brain shrinkage and impaired cognition.
  • Cirrhosis. Normal liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue. The liver is the most important organ in the body for processing chemicals–hormones, vitamins, nutrients and other essential biological chemicals. Effects of cirrhosis include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weakness, weight loss, fluid accumulation in the legs and abdomen, increased bleeding and bruising, jaundice, itching, increased sensitivity to drugs, personality changes, confusion, neglect of appearance, forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, changes in sleep habits, loss of consciousness and coma.
  • Hypertension. Alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.
  • Cancer. Alcohol consumption has been linked to increased risk of cancer, including breast, head, neck, colon and other cancers.
  • Diabetes. Alcohol consumption causes a worsening of diabetes symptoms–increased nerve damage, eye disease, high triglycerides and low blood sugar.
  • Sexuality. For women, large amounts of alcohol can cause reduced sexual arousal, difficulty achieving orgasm and less frequent orgasms. For men, large amounts of alcohol can cause difficulty getting and maintaining erections, difficulty ejaculating, reduced sexual desire, increased sexual aggression and infertility. For both men and women, alcohol consumption can lead to risky sexual behavior which can increase the risk of catching a sexually transmitted diseases (STD) such as AIDS, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia.
  • Risky Behavior. Alcohol consumption impairs judgment and can lead to risky behavior such as crime or drunk driving.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Alcohol consumption in pregnant women can cause birth defects.
  • Death. The death rate among alcoholics is two to five times higher than that of the general population.

Sandra Nettles, LCSW, MSSW
Jamie Nettles, MS

The original of this article can be found online at—
http://deerval.com/Articles/EffectsOfAlcohol.htm.

Copyright © 2009-2016 Deer Valley Counseling. Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice and a link to the original article are are preserved.

Printer-Friendly Version of Article