The physical affects of alcohol can wreak havoc on your life as well as have a detrimental effect on your appearance. At Advanced Liposuction Center, our Pittsburgh-area plastic surgeons meet with women and men every day who want to improve how they look. There are many aspects of life that take a toll on the way your skin and body look. Aging, the environment, pregnancy and lifestyle choices such as diet and smoking can all play a role in your appearance. Excessive use of alcohol can also have an effect. For example, chronic alcohol abuse can lead to broken capillaries and flushed skin on your face, creating an uneven, ruddy complexion. April is Alcohol Awareness Month. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss this sensitive subject.
Of course, your appearance is just one of the more minor ways that alcohol can negatively impact your life. Far more serious are the consequences to relationships, career, finances, emotional stability and overall physical health.
Signs of unhealthy alcohol use:
Alcohol disorder has some stages, such as mild, moderate or severe.
The more symptoms you have the serious your situation is, if you can experience the symptoms from the list then you must get medical help right away, here are some symptoms:
- Spending too much time on consuming alcohol
- Not being able to complete your assignment or project due to excessive use of alcohol
- Not being able to stop yourself from drinking alcohol no matter how much you try.
- Drinking alcohol continuously although you know it’s causing you financial, social and relationship problems.
- Consuming alcohol on daily basis, without any reason
- Focusing on alcohol consumption more than your social work, hobbies and activities
- Using alcohol everywhere, even in dangerous situations like driving, swimming or working
- Facing financial problems because of drinking or spending too much money to buy drinks.
- Arguing with friends and family when they try to stop you.
Who Are At A Risk Of Alcohol Use Disorder?
Not every alcohol use disorder person becomes addicted to alcohol because they drink it often, there are some other reasons too.
For example, some people consume alcohol because of social pressure.
They may drink it to calm down and decrease the social pressure because they aren’t comfortable at all.
Or they may use it because they are stressed all the time, they may want to feel better but they get addicted to alcohol without even realizing.
Furthermore, sometimes it’s possible that alcohol misuse may run in the family, but it’s not guaranteed that it will happen so you don’t have to worry.
There are some more factors that can make people more likely to be affected by alcohol addiction, some of these include:
- Being a male
- Suffering from depression or stress
- Studying in college
- Going through serious or difficult life events
When you come in for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your appearance goals, our expert plastic surgeons will discuss lifestyle issues with you. We urge you to feel comfortable talking to our physicians about any concerns you may have about alcohol use. For those who have become dependent on alcohol, it is not simply about self-control or using willpower to end the craving. The powerful grip of this disease requires professional help to break.
Alcohol’s Harmful Effects on Your Body
When intoxicated, pupils find it challenging to contract and expand as they normally would. The body’s natural physiological processes are compromised, making it difficult for the eyes to swiftly adapt to various changes in light. People who have been drinking frequently remark that a room is “too bright” when bright lights are suddenly turned on.
Additionally, alcohol interferes with the brain’s and the eyes’ ability to communicate. Double vision is a condition where the brain slows down how quickly the information from the two eyes synchronizes in the brain’s visual system.
Driving when intoxicated is highly risky due to the issue of double vision and delayed response to changes in light. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption can impair color perception, distort peripheral vision, and weaken eye muscles. In fewer instances, drinking can lead to blindness brought on by damage to the optic nerve.
Inflammation of the pancreas
Damage to the pancreas, another vital organ that aids in digestion, is another long-term effect alcohol has on the body. The pancreas releases exocrine hormones to assist control blood sugar levels and digestive enzymes to aid in the breakdown of meals when it is operating regularly. But continued alcohol use will disrupt those processes, frequently resulting in pancreatitis.
Acute or chronic pancreas inflammation is referred to as pancreatitis. The pancreatic cells begin to suffer damage as a result of an excess of toxins released during the alcohol breakdown process.
The chance of acquiring other malignancies, such as those of the mouth, esophagus, larynx, stomach, liver, colon, rectum, and breast, is also increased by chronic alcohol use. Acetaldehyde and alcohol itself are both identified as contributing factors to the elevated risk.
The effects of alcohol on the risk for upper digestive and respiratory tract malignancies are enhanced by concurrent cigarette or tobacco smoking, which is typical among drinkers.
We have many procedures to improve your skin, face and body, but being in good health is essential for maximizing enhancements and ensuring long-term results. At Advanced Liposuction Center, we want all of our patients to live beautiful lives. To schedule your free consultation, contact us by calling: 724-683-7581.