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Alcohol and its Detrimental Effect’s to Men’s Health

Whenever there are special occasions, whether it’s a promotion or an opening of a new business, there’s always alcohol. People like to celebrate events with champagne, beer and other fancy beverages that contain alcohol. But, like they always say, drink in moderation and drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption has a number of detrimental effects, some of which are permanent.

Alcohol and Its Effects

There are so few men in today’s world who do not drink alcohol. Most men do. Some are social drinkers who only drink when there is an occasion or when they are with friends who also drink. Some drink to de-stress, while others drink to get rid of their depression. There are others, however, who drink because they are already addicted to alcohol. Although a glass of red wine every other night is good for the health, drinking a lot each day and night has several negative effects not just to health, but also to emotional and mental well-being.

1. Psychological and Mental Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol has an effect on the brain’s functions. It affects memory, specifically retrospective memory. Aside from retrospective, two other types of memories are everyday memory and prospective memory. Everyday memory refers to recollecting day-to-day responsibilities or activities, while prospective memory refers to recalling future activities, like when to send a card to someone or when a meeting is supposed to take place. As for retrospective memory, this refers to the memories that allow a person to understand and remember previously learned things. Although alcohol use has some slight effect on both prospective and everyday memories, it is retrospective memory that’s severely affected by excessive alcohol use.

In addition to detrimental effects on memory, alcohol use also causes depression. This is because alcohol affects certain substances in the brain, which then makes a drinker susceptible to developing depression. In addition, a regular drinker will find it harder to deal with his alcohol addiction, and this causes family arguments or fights between partners. All of the fighting and the arguments make a drunk’s life more depressing and miserable.

2. Physical and Health Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol consumption does have some serious unfavourable effects to health. It causes high blood pressure, heart attacks, stomach ulcers, and strokes, among others. Those who have a few drinks in one sitting can easily increase their blood pressure, but only temporarily. However, it’s another story for binge drinkers. Those who often binge can permanently increase their blood pressure, which then causes many other life-threatening health problems. Alcohol drinkers could suffer from either obesity or weight loss too. So, either people become overweight or underweight. It is also common for drinkers to develop stomach ulcer, also known as peptic ulcer. This is dangerous because severe ulcers lead to internal bleeding, which can then cause death. Alcohol abuse is also known to cause damage to the nerves.

Alcohol consumption also increases the risk of road accidents. Accidents on the road could become pretty serious, and drunk drivers are often not the only victims in such events. There are innocent bystanders, pets or animals, other drivers, and children. Drunk drivers and their victims can suffer serious physical injuries, like puncture or open wounds, fractures, spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. Such injuries could cause permanent conditions or deformities, including amputations or loss of limb, paralysis, or even death.


Claire Shaun is a freelance writer. She blogs for Musca Law, which specializes in DUI crimes. In case you or a loved one becomes involved in an alcohol-related car accident, knowledgeable Musca attorneys would be able to help you out.

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