What is Alcohol Dependence?
Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a disease in which someone is chemically and physically dependent on alcohol consumption. People who are suffering from alcohol addiction have no ability or desire to control their need for alcohol, despite experiencing serious family, health, legal or work related problems.
Can Alcohol Dependence cause Health Issues?
Major health effects of excessive alcohol consumption include liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, epilepsy, polyneuropathy, alcoholic dementia, nutritional deficiencies and malabsorption, alcoholic ketoacidosis, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, central nervous system disorder and peripheral nervous system disorders. Women typically develop long term complications of alcohol dependence more rapidly than men and experience additional side effects. Heavy alcohol abuse in women can result in reproductive dysfunction such as anovulation, decreased ovarian mass, problems or irregularity of the menstrual cycle and early menopause.
Effects of Alcohol Dependence
Complications related to alcohol addiction extend far beyond the physical effects as the social issues related to alcohol dependence can be equally devastating. Alcohol Dependence disrupts an individual’s daily routine making the user unable to attend school, work or family functions. Alcohol decreases coordination which may cause car accidents, impairment of judgment which increases the chance of engaging in risky behaviors, and more.
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