Blended margaritas, a glass of scotch on the rocks, or the occasional glass of red wine can be relaxing and tasty. However, the collective effect of drinking wine, beer, or spirits frequently can take a significant toll on the body.
Some of the effects of chronic excessive alcohol consumption include behavior changes, cancer, heart and liver damage, pancreatitis, and even muscle cramps. Not to mention that excessive drinking can become an increasingly difficult habit to stop.
Digestive and Endocrine Glands
Drinking large amounts of alcohol can cause an abnormal activation of digestive enzymes, which are produced by the pancreas. High levels of these enzymes can lead to inflammation known as pancreatitis, which can cause serious complications.
The liver is in charge of breaking down and removing harmful substances from the body, including alcohol. Long-term alcohol use can alter this process and also increase the risk for chronic liver inflammation and liver disease. Scarring caused by the inflammation is known as cirrhosis, which ultimately destroys the liver. As the liver becomes damaged, it becomes more difficult for it to remove toxic substances from the body.
Liver disease can also develop, which is life-threatening and leads to toxin and waste accumulation in the body. Women are more likely to develop alcoholic liver disease compared to men due to women’s bodies absorbing more alcohol and taking longer to process it. Thus, women are prone to developing liver damage more quickly than men.