It looks like projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea after going on a drinking binge should be the least of your worries.
Sometimes, we need to wind it down a notch and just enjoy a night with our family and friends after a hard day at work. And more often than not, the majority of us spend it with some cocktails, scotch, whiskey, or the good ol’ fashioned beer.
Unfortunately, Americans tend to abuse the substance more and more. In fact, according to a report from the Washington Post, the number of Americans who drink rose from 54.9% to 56.9% between 2002 to 2014. And considering the harm that alcohol does to the human body, this is concerning since alcohol can cause some pretty deadly ramifications.
Here are just some of them.
According to the National Cancer Institute, ”there is a strong scientific consensus of an association between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer.” These include head & neck cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer just to name a few – attributing them to alcohol use.
2. Vitamin B12 Deficiency
What happens when you have a decrease in Vitamin B12? Some of the possible scenarios can lead to multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, infertility, and even Alzheimer’s. And it turns out that alcohol use puts you on a path to these things, setting you up for a totally different hangover of epic proportions for life.
3. Decreased Vitamin D & Calcium Absorption
Schizophrenia is just one of the many things that you would have to deal with if you have Vitamin D deficiency. And to have the inability to absorb calcium, too? You’re looking at hypocalcemia that may cause your muscles and nerves to twitch. Alcohol impedes with the pancreas and its ability to absorb both Vitamin D and calcium. So unless you want to spend the rest of your days as a twitching schizophrenic, I’d start going easy with the booze.
This one is an interesting effect of alcohol since some people turn to it to deal with depression. What they don’t know is the fact that alcohol actually develops depression, acting as a depressant that lowers the brain’s serotonin levels.
5. Memory Loss
Have you ever blacked out after a heavy drinking binge? It turns out that alcohol slows down brain activity, which explains why, more often than not, people forget what they do during these drinking sessions. And the longer people abuse alcohol, the more they will forget things. And unfortunately for them, this will start happening even while they are sober.
6. Liver Damage
Of course, perhaps one of the most common results of heavy alcohol abuse is cirrhosis – a chronic liver disease that stems from the degeneration of cells, inflammation, and fibrous thickening of tissue. And once your liver is scarred, the only way to reverse it is by going under the knife. Yikes.
These are just some of the things that you would have to deal with when you are fond of going on a drinking binge. According to the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, people should only limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks a day. Of course, they shouldn’t be drinking every single day in the first place. So unless you want to go six-for-six from the deadly effects of alcohol listed here, I’d start changing my drinking habits.
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