A man looks out a window while thinking about his drinking addiction

Alcohol is a part of almost all aspects of our society in one form or another. Whether it is beer commercials during football games, toasting milestones, tailgating events- alcohol is ingrained in our society.

But for those who cross the line of normal drinker to problem drinker, several common side effects of alcoholism begin to occur. Here we break down some of the common side effects of alcoholism.

Frequent Blackouts

A blackout, or “blacking out”, is a common occurrence for those suffering from alcoholism. A man lays down as alcohol takes its effectBlacking out refers to the individual losing most or all memory of the period when they were drinking alcohol.

Waking up after blacking out with little to no recollection of prior events is typically a terrifying event for alcoholics, and a good indicator that one may have a serious problem with alcoholism. (1)

The “Shakes”

Those who drink every day ultimately become physically dependent on alcohol to function, and thus will withdrawal without it. One of the earliest signs of withdrawal is the onset of rhythmic shaking in the body.

These shakes, or tremors, can even lead to a life-threatening condition known as delirium tremens which involves severe seizures. (2)

Stomach issues

Chronic alcoholism typically wreaks havoc on the stomach. In some cases, alcoholism can even erode the stomach lining causing a condition known as alcoholic gastritis. Other common stomach issues related to alcoholism include ulcers, acid reflux, and frequent vomiting. (3)

Alcoholic Liver Disease

It is common knowledge that alcoholism causes severe liver disease. It is important to note, however, that many symptoms of this occur very early on in alcoholism.

These symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, jaundice skin and eyes, decreased appetite, and nausea/vomiting. These symptoms are commonly associated with alcoholism that is leading to liver damage. (4)

Balance issues

Trouble walking and general clumsiness are symptoms commonly associated with alcohol side effects. Heavy drinking and alcoholism, however, can lead to serious balance issues that continue to persist even if the individual sobers up. These are caused by alcohol’s profound ability to damage the brain in heavy drinkers. (5)

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


Sources

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-2/186-196.htm

(2) https://www.alcohol.org/effects/the-shakes/

(3) https://www.alcohol.org/comorbid/gastritis/

(4) https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215638.php

(5) https://www.livescience.com/16091-alcoholics-long-term-balance-problems.html