Short and Long Term Damage of Alcohol Abuse

I recently wrote a guest post for Florida Beach Rehab on the Short and Long Term Damage of Alcohol Abuse which was posted up today and you can find here:

It’s a more detailed (hopefully non-medical jargon) explanation of what happens to the body and mind if you misuse alcohol either for a short period of time, say a binge, or over a longer period of time where the damage is more cumulative.

Thanks to them for giving me the opportunity to speak in more detail about this and share my experience with them and you further 🙂

4 thoughts on “Short and Long Term Damage of Alcohol Abuse

  1. Dear Lucy,
    Thank you for your post! Very informative (and scary…) I have a few questions I hope you could answer:
    – You mention that ‘the liver has no nerve endings so a person will not feel any pain’. I did feel pain in my right side and it was caused by drinking. Would that have been my pancreas then? Or? It did not go around or through to the back.
    – Where can I read more about the difference between psychological dependence to physical dependence? Would it mean that if I had no withdrawel symptoms I would not have been physically addicted? Or?
    – My father had/has this ultra hard belly with no external fat, not on the rest of his body either. Literally like he swallowed a large football. I heard this was probably caused by liver fluids, but he ‘only’ drank like 5 glasses of 5% beer per evening during the summer months. Would you know if it is likely that this has been caused by alcohol?
    – And, what I have always wondered: is it worse to drink liquor than beer, when in the same amount of units?
    Regards, feeling.

    1. Hey feeling I’ll try to answer your questions but I’m not a Dr!!
      – You will get pain if the liver is inflamed and pressing on other internal organs/musculature. It’ll be referred pain rather than from the liver itself.
      – Veronica and I have recorded a Skype interview where we discuss psychological vs physical addiction in more detail that’ll be out in a few weeks 🙂 No withdrawal symptoms suggests non physical dependence.
      – Your father’s swelling could be caused by ascites but it tends to continue to accumulate so if it isn’t getting bigger then it probably isn’t! Has he had any investigations/ultrasound to explore cause?
      – Liquor tends to have a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) than beer so is more liver toxic in a smaller quantity. If you drink enough of both though you’ll have problems.
      Hope that helps 🙂

      1. Thank you for your reply! I don’t think my father ever investigated in it because it went away in the winter so every body thought it was ‘internal fat’ but that is not supposed to be rock hard I learned a few weeks ago.
        I’ll be looking forward to the Skype interview. 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to the Skype interview too! This was a great article; I will probably print it out & keep it in my binder full of “reasons I should not drink” articles & blog posts—helps me when I’m weak 😉 once again thanks for all you do!

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