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Published: February 05, 2017

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption You Need to Know

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Drugs are chemicals. The different types of drugs according to their chemical structures could affect the body in several ways. Basically, some drugs can even change a person’s body and brain in ways that last long, even after having stopped taking drugs, maybe even completely.

Depending on the drug, it can enter the human body in a number of ways, including injection, inhalation, and intake. The method of how it enters the body can impact how the medication influences the individual. For example; injections take the medication directly into the blood vessels stream, providing more immediate effects; ingestion requires the drug to complete the digestive tract, not nearly having as  immediate of an effect as injections.

Many deaths, illnesses and ailments stem from drug mistreatment. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.1

Moreover, drugs are generally not the only chemicals that can cause terrible things to our overall health. Many people don’t even know that smoking increases aging and shortens the life span.

People who live with drug dependence have a higher risk of negative outcomes, including unintentional traumas, accidents, risk of home violence, medical problems, and death.

Health-Related Problems Due to Drugs

Here are some of the health-related problems faced by drug maltreatment. The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, influencing almost every organ in the human body. Drug use can:

  • It weakens the immune system and increases susceptibility to illness.
  • It causes cardiovascular conditions, ranging from an abnormal cardiovascular system rate to heart problems.
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  • Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and cardiovascular valves.
  • It causes vomiting and belly pain.
  • It causes the liver to have to work harder, possibly creating significant damage or liver failure.
  • It can cause seizures, strokes and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by triggering problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and long-lasting brain damage.

Here are some more problems an addict may face:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Addiction
  • Impaired Wisdom
  • Impulsiveness
  • Loss of self-control

That said, here are some ways of fighting off opiate addiction and moving forward to opiate detox.

Side Effects Of Alcohol

Aside from drug use, here are some of the effects of alcohol that you might need to take note of. Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition  of the individuals, alcohol can cause:

  • Slurred speech
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastritis (inflammation of belly walls)
  • Cancer of the mouth and throat
  • Sexual problems
  • Permanent damage to the brain
  • Unconsciousness
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Breathing troubles
  • Depression of the immune system
  • Reduced sexual performance
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Weight gain
  • Coma
  • Liver damage
  • Cancer
  • Insufficient of Vitamin B
  • Ulcers
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Alcoholic has claimed the lives of many gifted writers and musicians over the past decades. Here are a few of them:

Brian Connolly (1945-1997)

Scottish rock vocalist and lead performer for Sweet. His alcohol problem caused him to leave the band in 1978; he reunited years later but the damage of excessive drinking had already been done—he died of renal failure (a possible result of alcoholism) in the year, 1997.

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Steve Clark (1960-1991)

Guitar player for Def Leppard, Clark was an excessive drinker who died in his London home due to a lethal combination of both drugs and alcohol.

John Bonham (1948-1980)

No doubt, the excessive consumption of alcohol led to the sad death of Led Zeppelin Drummer, John “Bonzo” Bonham.

Take the needed preventative steps so that you can live a more fulfilling drug-free and alcohol-limited life.

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