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Alcohols Effects on the body

Alcohol’s Effects on the Body

Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health.  Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

Learn more about alcohol’s effects on the body.

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The Vagus Nerve and what it does!

I have interesting bit of data I just read about! Thought I would share, since I seem to be rare one with all the strange issues. I have been experiencing spasms in my throat, when Vertigo really bad, I have been choking, coughing and then my voice gets really deep and then beloved diarrhea , Well my ENT said Nothing related to my disease. My Gastric Doctor said absolutely it does . So I thought I would research . Vegas Nerve!!!!! Let me copy and paste article so it makes more since. Now I can’t find it. So I will explain Our Vagus nerve has 10 branches that lead from the brain to form certain functions, to runs through the brain to your eyes, ears, through all the way down to the colon. Now what I found interesting was how much the nerve does, it sends messages to our brain when to go to the bathroom, can interfere with sight and hearing, fainting spells or drop attacks and also sending messages for your esophagus to work correctly produce saliva, swallow, So when my Vertigo is there or really bad, I have diarrhea, drop attacks, vomiting , and recently my voice has been changing, more deep in sound, coughing more and actually the scariest is I have a choking sensation. Neurologist says it has nothing to do with anything unless you have a stroke it can cause one side of the face arm ect to droop, choking, and that can also be in als, ms patients and several other diseases. But now After researching myself, I find out this lovely nerve is causing my choking sensation, coughing, deeper voice, eye issues and the nerve go past the ear. Hello!!!!! My Diarrhea all it. I am not saying I don’t have Vestibular Dysfunction because I do and my autoimmune disease, but all that affects the one nerve!!!
At least I am not crazy, all different Dr’s with different opinions but now there is actual data I can bring to my Doctor to show him. What can be done, I don’t know, I don’t want any surgery, No more meds, I am happy to live on protein shakes to keep me from choking. But it’s so amazing to me, that again, Not only did I have to research the test that proved my illness, research my own treatment and now I can educate all the Dr’s that I see what your Vagus nerve does and if not in working order because of my health issues you get more symptoms. It even sends messages to your heart. So frustrating that not one Dr acknowledges this issue. Now that get the rath of me!!!! I just thought I would share with all of you in case these issues happen to you. Kelly Anne Helsel

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