Alcohol is almost always present at social events, parties, celebrations and even in small gatherings. People drink to celebrate, socialize, relax, and have fun. While occasionally drinking alcohol doesn’t necessary seems to be a serious problem – too much drinking can cause several negative effects and can increase the risk of developing a variety of problems. It is important to know where excessive drinking can lead you before you decide to have a glass of alcohol. The risk of developing an alcohol addiction can be influenced by many factors including your social environment, genetics, emotional health, and how you were raised. People who have a family history of alcoholism are more likely to develop a drinking problem. There is also an increased risk for those who drink often at social gatherings or those who are dealing with emotional stress and depression. Since alcohol is common and is continuously becoming more prevalent in many states of Unites States, its effects are widespread and include injuries, vehicular accidents, high economic costs, various health problems and even death.
- In the United States, an average of 88,000 deaths each year are caused by excessive use of alcohol. There is a significant gap between men and women, with men accounting for 62,000 deaths while women only account for 26,000 deaths.
- Every 22 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies because of alcohol-related crashes.
- In 2012, there were 10,322 deaths caused by alcohol-impaired-driving.
- 1 in 10 deaths for people between the ages of 20-64 was related to excessive drinking of alcohol.
- In 2006, excessive drinking in the U.S. had costs a total of $223.5 Billion
- 72.2% from productivity costs
- 11% from healthcare costs
- 9.4% from criminal justice costs
- 7.5% from other effects
- The estimated economic effect of excessive use of alcohol in the U.S. is about $750 per individual.
Effects on the Body
Too much drinking, whether during a single occasion or over time, can definitely have a harmful effect on the body. When the body absorbs the alcohol, it goes into the bloodstream and is distributed around the body, resulting in various health problems including:
- Severe Liver Damage
- Frontal Lobe Impairment
- Kidney Failure
- Diabetic Complications
- Lack of Coordination
- Slurred Speech
- Damage to the Pancreas
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Stomach Pains
- Damage to Digestive System
- Heart Problem
- Major Mouth Problems
Excessive alcohol drinking affects every organ in the body. Even after finishing the last glass of alcohol, it takes time to completely filter out of the digestive system. In fact, the liver can only process about one ounce of alcohol per hour depending on a person’s metabolism. Once alcohol enters the bloodstream, it can keep a person impaired for hours. Over time, this behavior can lead to various health problems and other more dangerous situations which can eventually lead to death. It is important that everyone knows about the possible consequences of excessively use alcohol.