Most adults understand that alcohol addiction can be deadly. So many of us have either experienced the ravages of alcoholism first hand or on people we love. Alcoholism hurts people in a myriad of ways. It destroys relationships. It causes vast economic damage through the loss of jobs or missed work. Beyond this, alcoholism ruins both physical and mental health. If caught early enough, our bodies and minds might be able to recover. Long term abuse, though, can cause irreversible harm.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the US. It crosses gender, racial, economic, and age groups. According to the CDC, 88,000 people die from alcohol-related deaths every year making it one of the leading causes of preventable death. Because it is readily available, alcohol is hard to escape, especially for those people who live with addiction.
How Alcoholism Hurts the Heart
While there is some evidence that light or moderate drinking might actually help prevent heart disease by raising HDL or “good” cholesterol, helping prevent the damage done by LDL, “bad” cholesterol, and assisting in the prevention of blood clotting which plays a role in reducing heart attacks but can also lead to easy bruising or bleeding, it is impossible to know if the benefits come from the alcohol itself or other factors such as antioxidants that can be found in other items.
Long term alcohol abuse damages the liver which is responsible for higher levels of triglycerides, also known as lipids, which have been linked to heart disease.
People who binge drink are at risk of developing short term higher blood pressure which can cause harm over time. Those who drink heavy cause more lasting damage. High blood pressure can lead to stroke or heart attack.
Heavy drinking has been known to cause an irregular heartbeat. This means that the heart misses or adds a beat. When this happens, blood flow is impaired. Clots form and the chances of a heart attack or stroke go up. Most arrhythmias resolve on their own but when the body is under constant attack from alcohol, they can become chronic and life-threatening.
Even if light or moderate drinking is beneficial, it is impossible to tell who will progress to abuse and addiction. The only way to absolutely prevent alcoholism is not to drink. That being said, people make their own choices. If your alcohol consumption has become a problem, there is a solution. You can regain a life worth living. There are people to help.
At Fort Worth Recovery, we have medical professionals who can assist you in making healthier choices. Call us today at 817 382 2894 or visit us online.