Aurora Recovery Centre

Alcohol abuse causes long term and short term effects which range from mild to moderate to severe. Each year thousands of death and injury result from alcohol abuse. If you or a loved one are concerned the effects of alcohol abuse might be taking over your quality of life, read on and call Aurora Recovery Centre today.

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Short Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can happen slowly over time or within the course of one night. Medically, alcohol abuse is defined as drinking beyond the government recommendations or definition of tolerable alcohol levels. Alcohol is a depressant meaning it slows down normal reactions. With just two servings of alcohol, one’s cognitive functions and executive decision making is impaired. Other short term effects include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Mood Swings
  • Extreme displays of abnormal behaviors
  • Drowsiness or incoherence
  • Impaired Judgment or Motor Functions
  • Hangovers (headaches, nausea, vomiting, weakness and continued intoxication the next day)

Effects Of Severe Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is defined as having more drinks per sitting than recommended. Severe alcohol abuse happens when the number of alcoholic drinks per sitting exceeds that amount significantly. Including short term effects like impaired judgment and motor control effects of severe alcohol abuse can include:

  • Blackout or memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting, which can occur during blackout or unconsciousness
  • Loss of control of urinary and digestive systems resulting in soiling oneself
  • Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is damaging to mind, body, and spirit.

Damages caused by alcohol abuse don’t always go away within a day. Repeated alcohol abuse can result in long term effects, including:

  • Weight gain or bloating
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Various cancers
  • Weakened immune system
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Tolerance
  • Dependency

Does Alcohol Abuse Lead To Alcoholism?

Many are capable of abusing alcohol in short term bursts like binge drinking without developing a tolerance or dependency. Alcoholism is defined by needing more and more alcohol to achieve the same or greater desired effect. Chemical dependency occurs when the mind and body become completely chemically reliant upon the presence of alcohol just to function normally. Without alcohol, the mind and body experience detox, resulting in symptoms of withdrawal.

Aurora Recovery Centre offers medically assisted detox for patients withdrawing from alcohol. Our treatment programs for men and women seeking to recover from alcoholism holistically approach healing mind, body, and spirit. Aurora is committed to lighting the way to lifelong recovery. If you or a loved one are ready to recovery from alcoholism, call Aurora today 1-844-515-STOP.