In the short term, drinking alcohol isn’t particularly dangerous, especially in small amounts. However, if you have found that your drinking may be getting a little out of hand and worry that you are developing an addiction, you must be aware of the long term implications. In this article, we’re going to look at what happens if you drink alcohol every day.
What happens to your body if you drink every day?
What happens to your body if you drink every day largely depends on how long you have been drinking daily. In any case, under the assumption that you do not seek out a private rehab clinic and continue drinking excessively, this is the level of risk that you are taking:
The physical health impacts:
These are just a handful of the physical health impacts of drinking daily:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Digestive problems
- Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, oesophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.
The mental health impacts:
Not only does drinking every day take its toll on your body, but your mind as well:
- Antisocial behaviour (both during intoxication and during withdrawal).
Your relationships will suffer
Sometimes the mental health symptoms and signs may cluster, lasting for weeks, and mimic serious psychiatric disorders (i.e., alcohol-induced syndromes). This can have a devastating effect on your life in the long term, as well as put significant pressure on your relationships (romantic, familial, and professional).
Those who drink to excess can start to repel their friends and family, particularly if they constantly reject any offers of help and assistance. Further to that, your professional relationships may suffer, particularly due to increased absence and sickness due to being too hungover to work.
Ultimately, drinking alcohol every day and maintaining healthy relationships is a slippery slope – it cannot be maintained forever.
You waste money
It’s certainly not the biggest ‘risk’ factor of drinking every day but it will start to take its toll on your bank balance. This can lead to all manner of issues down the line, however, including taking drastic measures to get your fix, such as theft.
You neglect to take care of yourself
Another symptom of alcoholism is neglecting to take care of yourself – which ties in with depression as well. When you consume alcohol daily your body will begin to deteriorate and as the depression sinks in you may start to neglect basic self-care steps such as brushing your teeth and taking a shower. You may also ignore basic precautions such as drinking alcohol and rivaroxaban, a drug which may become quite dangerous when mixed with beer or wine.
Further to that, a poor diet typically goes hand in hand with alcoholism. When you are drunk, you may be less inclined to cook a nutritious meal and instead seek out fast foods which come with a host of other health risks of their own!
There are many problems that come with drinking every day so we strongly advise against it. What might feel like a good time, in the beginning, will slowly fade into disaster. Before long you are chasing the drunk feeling and having to drink even more to achieve said high.
If you are worried about your alcohol consumption and need help finding the best rehab centre, we highly recommend that you reach out to friends and family and seek further advice from the professionals.