Monday, January 18, 2010

In case you wonder what alcohol abuse can do to your body

Medical complications of alcohol abuse

Cardiovascular: Cardiomyopathy; hypertension; ischemic heart disease; acute myocardial infarction

Gastrointestinal: Alcohol hepatitis; cirrhosis of the liver; pancreatitis; cancer of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, liver, and colon/rectum/appendix

Neurologic: Wernicke’s encephalopathy; Korsakoff’s syndrome; decline in cognitive abilities; decreased gray and white matter; increased ventricular and sulcal volume; peripheral neuropathy

Other: Renal dysfunction; osteoporosis; breast cancer

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