As science understands alcoholism better, it is quite astonishing to realize that this disease is among the most commonly denied conditions in society. This is quite a problem, as the effects of excess alcohol on the human body are unparalleled in terms of negative impact.
Physically, excess alcohol consumption is linked to all types of ailments—from benign cancers to arthritis. Nearly all the major organs are overworked and chemically damaged during a night of binge drinking. The side effects have a mental component as well; chronic memory loss and nausea are just two of the more common psychological side effects, among the more terrifying permanent damage to the peripheral and central nervous system.
Meanwhile, very few health benefits have actually been linked to drinking. There have been various reports of increased cardiovascular health from one to two daily glasses of red wine, although many critics say that this is a claim greatly exaggerated and overused by various alcohol companies. The major concern is that most users go far past the consumption recommendation.
As an addiction, alcohol works like many other drugs. Upon drinking the alcohol crossing through the bloodstream into the brain causes the body’s glands to secrete dopamine, serotonin, and other feel-good hormones These chemicals are what cause the euphoric and lustful sensations that are present in a drunken state.
The user is then led into a world in which their emotions are numbed, logical thinking ability is lowered, and perception of reality is distorted. When excess consumption becomes a daily habit, and continues despite awareness of the ensuing side effects, then alcohol addiction is a possibility.