What Alcohol Does to Your Brain

Alcohol has some obvious effects on a person’s brain. From slurred speech to walking issues, a few drinks can impair some basic function for a short period, but alcohol abuse can also cause problems that can last well into sobriety. 

Image of alcoholic beverages. Learn the health effects that heavy drinking can have on your brain.

Factors of Alcohol’s Effects

A single drink may not lead to serious issues, but habitual drinking can pose a problem for your health. There are several factors that come into play when thinking about alcohol’s damaging effects on your brain. These include:

  • The total amount that a person drinks
  • How often they drink in excess
  • The age that a person started drinking
  • How long a person has been drinking
  • Family history and genetic background
  • The general status of a person’s health

Health Risks of Alcohol

Excessive amounts of alcohol can have both short-term and long-term consequences for your brain. Blackouts and memory lapses can occur after heavy drinking, as the alcohol intake can cause a person to block out entire events from memory. These lapses can prevent people from recalling dangerous episodes while they were inebriated.

While blackouts can hide unhealthy events, heavy drinking has several long-term consequences that can change your life. These include:

Getting Help

If you or a loved one is suffering from health problems stemming from excessive alcohol consumption, make sure to contact a physician right away. Give us a call at 440-353-0071 or contact Westshore online and set up an appointment with one of our family practice medical professionals to assess the situation and get you on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Gabriella Palma, M.D.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

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