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Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption You Need to Know

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption You Need to Know

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]

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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:

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  • It weakens the immune system and increases susceptibility to illness.
  • It causes cardiovascular conditions, ranging from an abnormal cardiovascular system rate to heart problems.
  • 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:

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  • 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.

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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Alex Holyoake via unsplash.com

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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