In this episode of Mano Charchae, RJ Padma Priya is in conversation with Dr. Divya. They discuss the physical changes caused by alcohol addiction. These changes can be observed in people who drink every day, or even occasionally.
There is a prescribed blood alcohol level that is considered non-dangerous. If that limit is exceeded, certain health problems can arise. Liver damage is a common problem observed in people who drink on an everyday basis. “The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. So, when alcohol consumption is high, the liver weakens and blood begins to leak from it. In a few affected people, jaundice can arise. When the liver fails to filter blood completely, food can remain undigested, blood clots can form, and platelets count can go down.” The pancreas also can get affected by excessive intake of alcohol and the first sign of this malfunction is severe stomach pain. In this condition, if a person continues to drink, then it will lead to even more severe health problems.
The adverse effects of alcohol are compounded by a lack of food intake. This can lead to severe acidity and ulcer formation. As ulcers become more infected, continued alcohol consumption will lead to bloody vomiting. Mouth Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Liver cancer, and Cancer of the Small and Large Intestines are risk factors at this stage. Dr. Divya mentions that if alcohol is consumed without eating food, then a deficiency of vitamin D can develop and lead to many other problems.
Many women are also addicted to alcohol. This addiction can lead to the weakening of bones and can lead to problems during childbirth. “People addicted to alcohol can also face many personal and social problems.”
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