Research shows us that “an estimated 75% of Canadians drink alcohol.” But it is with such that a wide range of people can face several health issues in response to their addiction to alcohol. In turn, alcoholism is defined as “an addiction to the consumption of liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency.” That’s why it’s toxic content(s) can pose as dangerous for those who drink it by causing a plethora of problems. Some of these include but are not limited to ulcers and vitamin deficiencies. More serious ones consist of liver disease and cancer.
First and foremost are ulcers which are defined as “an open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane that fails to heal.” Consequently, stomach ulcers can take place depending on one’s alcohol intake. For it is only after he/she has indulged in a large amount that it can begin to wear on the inner lining of his/her stomach overtime. In the early stages ulcers are more easily treated which “usually includes medication to decrease stomach acid production. If a bacteria is the cause, antibiotics may be needed.” But if left untreated it can result in internal bleeding, and/or other dangerous health conditions.
Second is liver disease which “refers to any disorder of the liver. The liver is a large organ in the upper right abdomen that aids in digestion and removes waste products from the blood.” Therefore, when the liver is damaged as a result of drinking this can cause problems for the individual, especially if they consume alcohol at a heavy rate, and on a regular basis. This causes the liver to work twice as hard, as it tries to work in overtime, by aiding in the removal of the toxins.
In conclusion, alcoholism is dangerous, and is a condition that one must be made aware of. For a number of people focus on the problem itself, but not the health issues that can stem from the problem. When people have knowledge of such, they can better protect themselves, as well as others, from harming their bodies through the burden of addiction. It is only then that they are able to receive the best possible help in order to get back on the road to a healthy life without short term health risks and long term health risks.