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The Liver Is Not the Only Organ Affected by Alcohol Abuse


When most people think of an organ being damaged by the abuse of alcohol, it is usually the liver that comes to mind.

Cirrhosis of the liver is a painful and life-threatening condition usually brought on by consuming an excessive amount of alcohol.

But the liver is not the only organ in the body that can suffer from alcohol abuse. The brain is also affected, as is the central nervous system. Just like with drug abuse, alcohol can kill brain cells, which in return affects the abuser's central nervous system.

Other Systems Affected by Alcohol Abuse

The immune system is also affected. Alcohol weakens the immune system, making it easier for abusers to catch the common cold or the flu. Healing of scrapes, wounds and burns as well as recovery from surgical procedures are also slowed down, leaving the person vulnerable to more infections.

People who consume large amounts of alcohol also increase their risk of conditions such as osteoporosis. When bones are broken, they take a much longer period of time to mend. As in the case of a trauma to the body such as a serious fall or automobile accident, the entire body takes longer to heal because of the weak immune system and weak bones.

Researchers studied the effects of alcohol on the body, and the information above is what they found to happen to the body when a person consumes too much alcohol.

Source: Medical News Today