Alcohol can cause many health complications. Heavy drinking may lead to alcoholic lung disease, type 2 diabetes, and can increase blood pressure, causing alcoholic cardiomyopathy. It’s estimated 2 percent of coronary heart disease is linked to alcohol. It's also linked to breast cancer, and can cause cirrhosis and a fatty liver.
Alcohol is a depressant, which can affect a person’s mood; it’s not uncommon for an alcoholic to suffer from depression. Alcohol is also linked to suicide; many who take their own lives do so under the influence. Consuming alcohol can lead to bad decisions and impulsive behavior.
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When you drink excessively, you put yourself in danger of becoming an alcoholic. This is when you become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. Once it hooks you, it can destroy you, your life, as well as the lives of friends and family. It’s a progressive disease, so the longer you are addicted, the more it will take away. If you don’t seek drinking help, it can lead to death or insanity.
There are many wonderful alcohol treatment facilities that can help you with alcoholism. You don’t have to wait until you lose everything you care about to get help. No matter where you are in life, or how far you’ve gone into addiction, recovery is possible.