The effects of alcohol on the body are well documented. This list is scary, but everything on it is true. It goes from major to minor – although, in truth, there is nothing really minor on the list. Minor would be a hangover that clears up in a few hours.
Effects of Alcohol that mark you as an alcoholic:
Premature aging of skin, hair and other body tissues.
Dilation of nasal capillaries with swelling and porosity (alcoholic’s nose).
Fat deposition in the buttocks along with a general loss of muscle tone – alcoholic “droop.”
Deterioration of the gums and tooth loss.
Chronic inflammation of the stomach
Paranoia, black outs, tremor.
Serious effects of Alcohol on the body:
Psychosis characterized by loss of cognitive function and memory, disorientation – comes with a bonus of eye muscle weakness.
Pancreatitis – may lead to diabetes and even death.
Bleeding ulcers – can also cause death.
Alcoholic amlyopia - the acute form comes from methanol, but a chronic type of vision loss due to nutritional problems with ethanol. Permanent blindness can result.
Polyneuropathy – a numbness in fingers and toes along with an itching/burning sensation on the bottom of the feet. This comes with risks of damage and open sores that are not detected until infected (because of the numbness) – it also adds to the loss of coordination and the ability to handle fine movements.
Anemia and bone marrow problems.
Effects of Alcohol that cause death:
Cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholic hepatitis, or degeneration of the heart muscles resulting in congestive heart failure.
Delirium tremens – hallucinations, seizures, fever, rapid heartbeat – about a 15% mortality rate.