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Alcoholism Symptoms Physical Damages

Alcoholism Symptoms

Alcoholism symptoms – alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions. In common and historic usage, alcoholism refers to any condition that results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverages despite the health problems and negative social consequences it causes.

Physical symptoms

  • In the early stages of alcoholism a common sign of the allergy developing are nausea and vomiting
  • During the latter part of the ‘early stage’ of alcoholism  an increased tolerance to alcohol allows the drinker to ingest large amounts of alcohol and “appear” to function normally.
  • In the middle stages of alcoholism, continued use usually continues despite the onset of new  physical symptoms
    • abdominal pain
    • red eyes, puffy face
    • numbness in the arms or legs
  • swelling of the liver
  • blackouts, not remembering drinking episodes

Physical Damages can be Incurred

Large amounts of alcohol intake can impair brain function and eventually cause unconsciousness or passing out.

Alcoholism can lead to a number of physical ailments, including hypoglycemia, brain and heart damage, enlarged blood vessels in the skin, chronic gastritis, and pancreatitis.

  • Alcoholism can lead to impotence in men
  • Damage to the fetus in pregnant women
  • Higher risk of cancer of the larynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and upper gastrointestinal tract.
  • Because many alcoholics do not eat properly, they are likely to have nutritional deficiencies.
  • Heavy drinkers typically have impaired liver function and develop cirrhosis. Vitamins can not be absorbed properly. Deficiency of vitamin B12 (thiamine) causes loss of memory and abnormal co-ordination which can be fatal if it is left untreated. Anemia can occur due to iron and folic acid deficiency. Large doses of alcohol can raise blood pressure and cause heart problems.
  • Extreme overdoses can be fatal.

Medical definitions describe alcoholism as a disease which results in a persistent use of alcohol despite negative consequences.

  • Alcoholism may also refer to a preoccupation with or compulsion toward the consumption of alcohol and/or an impaired ability to recognize the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption.

Although not all of these definitions specify current and on-going use of alcohol as a qualifier, some do, as well as remarking on the long-term effects of consistent, heavy alcohol use, including dependence and symptoms of withdrawal.

While the ingestion of alcohol is, by definition, necessary to develop alcoholism, the use of alcohol does not predict the development of alcoholism.

  •  The quantity, frequency and regularity of alcohol consumption required to develop alcoholism varies greatly from person to person.
  •  In addition, although the biological mechanisms underpinning alcoholism are uncertain, some risk factors, including social environment, emotional health and genetic predisposition, have been identified.

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