Alcoholism can have an effect on internal organs, regardless of whether or not the alcohol use occurred in a single episode or if it occurred over a many years. The long term effects of chronic alcohol use may include serious debilitating health issues and may be fatal. Chronic and excessive alcohol use can accelerate arthritis and has been associated with dementia, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Additionally, it can lead to organ damage such as kidney disease, liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis and digestive problems.
Alcohol Use and the Brain
Excessive alcohol use interferes with normal brain function and how the brain processes information. The effects of alcohol can be seen in behaviors, in mood swings and can have an impact on motor control and impair movement and judgment. An example of this is watching someone try to walk when they are intoxicated…they stumble and fall.