As the saying goes ‘your body is a temple’ and you must look after it. Hangovers are often the biggest regret of the night before – that demon that haunts you for most of the next day. It is that feeling you get when you’re curled up on the sofa with your pint of water and a pounding head, barely able to move from your alcohol induced coma that makes you declare
‘I am never drinking again’
but it is as much about the visible affects alcohol has on your body as it is about the things that you cannot see. Hangovers are often a self-diagnosed symptom; you don’t have to be a doctor to know when you’re suffering from one, but in the long term alcohol related diseases costs England around £21bn per year in healthcare and unfortunately these are the affects alcohol has that cannot be managed without the help of a professional.
There are six main areas of your body which are specifically impacted after a heavy night; reproductive; liver; stomach; heart; mouth and throat and your brain. We often think if you can’t see it then it doesn’t exist but sometimes it’s better to face up to your demons sooner rather than later. Recently Adam went to the doctors and had a screening, below is a picture of his insides;
If Adam drank too much over a long period of time, the lining of his stomach will become inflamed – this is called gastritis. He may also develop stomach ulcers which can be painful and make Adam feel constantly sick.
The doctor asks Adam ‘what effects have you experienced after you have been out drinking with your friends?’ – Adam refers to the immediate affects alcohol has on the brain including; slurred speech, slower reactions, blackouts and impaired memory. The doctor asks Adam ‘what about the long term?’ he shrugs his shoulders – the doctor tells Adam that drinking can cause a number of different types of brain damage as well as mental health issues including depression. It is also important to note that what we may think our body can handle, a doctor will tell you otherwise. Remember – your liver is your friend, not your enemy. Most alcohol that goes in to your body is processed by your liver and if it has to break down too much alcohol you and your liver will eventually fall out.
So next time you go out on a binge, remember to show your insides some consideration when you’re downing your next pint
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