Per the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 15.1 million adults 18 years of age or older – the equivalent of 6.2 percent of this age bracket – had an alcohol use disorder. This included 9.8 million men and 5.3 million women. Those who suffer from alcohol use disorder put themselves at risk for medical issues ranging from sexual dysfunction to liver damage to nutritional deficits. In some cases, the nutritional deficits cause long-term consequences, such as a condition known as wet brain.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2015 found that 15.1 millions adults of the age 18 or older had an alcohol use disorder. Within that age bracket and number were 9.8 million men living with an alcohol use disorder. Men can suffer sexual dysfunction, prostate diseases, and liver problems. Health problems resulting from alcohol abuse can be short-term or long term. Depending on their severity, many can be treated and resolved. Some, like Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, also known as “wet brain syndrome” can be permanent.
Alcohol abuse is connected to over 200 various health problems including diseases and disorders. Though alcohol abuse is most commonly attributed to liver disease and other disorders of the liver, it can affect virtually every other part of the body, including the brain. Just some of the many ways alcohol abuse affects the body can include:
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Prostate Cancer
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Renal diseases
- And much more
Physical Impact Of Alcohol Abuse On The Brain
Repeated and chronic alcohol abuse takes a physical toll on the brain as well. Regular alcohol consumption can cause memory loss and difficulty retaining information as well. The brain is a muscle which is directly influenced by alcohol in the bloodstream. People might not often think of regular “normal” alcohol consumption as being harmful to the brain. However, the many “normal” side effects of being intoxicated on alcohol are signs of the brain suffering. Cognitive impairments which cause difficulty in motor function and judgment are brain impacts.
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