Anyone who has had a killer hangover knows that alcohol can have a severe effect on the body. But after you have recovered from the night before, what are the long-term effects? Here our alcohol addiction treatment experts discuss the impact alcohol may have on the body and when to seek help.
Increase of Stomach Acid
Excessive drinking can cause your stomach to produce more acid than normal. Too much acid damages the stomach lining and may lead to gastritis. This can cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. Other digestive issues that can arise includes acid reflux and peptic ulcers.
Drinking alcohol also decreases the level of digestive enzymes, which breaks down fats and carbohydrates. This lowers the body’s ability to digest food and consume vitamins. Heavy drinkers often have symptoms such as diarrhoea and stomach pain, similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
If you or a loved one is experiencing similar symptoms due to excessive drinking, contact our trained counsellors at The Providence Projects alcohol rehab.
Is Alcohol Good for The Heart?
Many people talk of the benefits of alcohol can have on the heart. Red wine in particular contains high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants. A study in 2017 found men drinking under 21 units per week and women drinking under 14 units of alcohol per week had a lower risk of common cardiovascular diseases.
However, the benefits may be outweighed by other harmful effects of drinking excessively, including liver disease and cancer. The benefits of drinking may only occur if the total amount of recommended units is spread throughout the week. Drinking heavily in a single session can cause heart attacks. If regular binge drinking is causing yourself or others concern, consider trying alcohol addiction treatment or an alcohol detox.
Can Alcohol Cause Migraines?
Many of those who suffer from migraines find that alcohol can trigger an episode. This is because drinking alcohol causes dehydration, which can cause headaches and migraines. Alcohol also relaxes the blood vessels, increasing the level of blood flow to the brain.
Migraine suffers may find even a small amount of alcohol can trigger migraines. If you are unsure, try keeping a diary to record the food, caffeine and alcohol levels you consume before a migraine and note any links.
Learn more about the health benefits of staying sober at our private rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth. Call our experienced counsellors today on 0800 955 0945 and find out how we can help.