Impaired memory, slow reaction rate, slurred speech, blurred vision and difficulty walking are just some of the immediate effects of alcohol. Some of these effects will be experienced after just a few drinks and will usually reverse once the alcohol gets out of the system. However, long term and heavy alcohol drinkers might experience most of these effects even after the alcohol has cleared out of their bodies. While science cant tell exactly how alcohol affects the brain or whether it is possible to reverse these effects on different individuals, we know for sure that alcohol affects the brain in various ways. These effects on the brain may range from simple memory slips to permanent conditions that may stay with the patient for life. This article provides you with information on the long term effects of alcohol abuse to the body.
Memory Lapses and Blackouts
Some alcohol related impairments can be detected after just a few drinks. The more alcohol the person drinks, the worse the impairment gets. Taking too much alcohol at a go, and without enough food in the stomach can cause blackouts, which refer to a period of time when the intoxicated person has no memory of what took place during the time they were drinking.
Others Causes of Brain Damage
Consuming large quantities of alcohol for an extended period of time puts a person at risk of developing serious complications in their brains. These complications can be caused directly by the alcohol or indirectly from serious liver damage or deteriorated general health. Alcohol intake eventually leads to poor overall nutrition, which leads to thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is an essential nutrient that your body requires in order for tissues, including the brain, to function properly. Without this nutrient, your brain may develop various disorders.
Cerebellum is the part of the brain responsible for learning and coordinating mobility. Study shows that thiamine deficiency mostly affects this part of the brain, leading to various complications in the body.
One of the most common effects of alcohol on the body is liver damage. Excessive intake of alcohol can lead to liver problems such as liver cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy. Both these conditions can affect the brain in one way or another.
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