Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to serious physiological problems. Many social issues may also be caused by long-term alcohol abuse. Here are some examples of its ill effects:
This is the the most serious condition that can be the result of long-term alcohol abuse. The liver, being the organ for the detoxification of foreign substances in the body, tends to be overworked when there is excess alcohol and drugs in the body. Long-term alcohol abuse may lead to partial liver failure, which may later lead to liver cancer.
Dangerous drug interactions
The presence of alcohol in the body can cause drug interactions when taking medications. Even if a person does not take medications and alcoholic drinks at the same time, it is not guaranteed that he or she is safe from drug and alcohol interaction. Some drugs and alcohol stay within the body for several days before they are completely eliminated. It is important that the person refrains from taking alcoholic drinks when under medications. It is also necessary to know that some over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and paracetamol may have dangerous interactions with alcohol.
Aggravated medical conditions
People with diabetes, ulcer, and high blood pressure may experience worse symptoms due to alcohol abuse. The presence of alcohol can interact with the drugs used for certain conditions, worsening the situation. Older people also have lower alcohol tolerance limits due to the reduced liver function. People who take medications should also lessen or eliminate alcohol intake. The presence of medications and alcohol in the body could could overload the liver causing it to work harder than usual.