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Alcohol excess
 
Standard Definition

Excessive consumption of alcohol may occur on rare social occasions or be a chronic, unhealthy habit. Excessive intake has both medical and psychosocial implications. Ethanol (the primary alcohol) is a central nervous system depressant, which decreases neuronal activity. It is also a poison that is toxic to the body's cells, including those of the digestive tract, liver and pancreas.

Alcoholism is defined as lack of functioning such that "the individual continues substance use despite significant substance-related problems." Alcoholism affects only a small percentage of the population, however a more significant amount of men have temporary alcohol-induced problems, including blackouts. Alcoholism contributes to over 50% of car and industrial fatalities, drownings, and child or domestic abuse.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function
Alcohol is a poison to the body that requires detoxification through the liver. As it passes through the liver it can cause damage to the cells, fatty accumulation, and in severe cases cirrhosis which is extreme destruction of the liver. Alcohol is also an irritant to the mucus linings of the digestive tract, can cause bleeding resulting in ulceration, and can cause inflammation of the pancreas and suppression of the immune system. It is a diuretic and therefore can cause dehydration of the body and brain. Alcohol also increases the elmination of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin B1, B3, B6, B12, zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium and chromium.

Abstinence from alcohol is the only completely safe measure during pregnancy, since it is a known toxin to the foetus and growing child.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Stress
  • Psychological distress, psychiatric illness
  • Genetic tendency
  • Social excess
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms vary with the amount of alcohol ingested, gender, body weight, health status and duration of use or abuse.

  • Psychological, social and occupational dysfunction/disruption
  • Unsteady gait or stance; mental function impairment; psychological and mood changes; blackouts; coma; excessive sleep
  • Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
  • Hepatitis
  • Joint and muscle aches, muscle twitches
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies
  • Recurrent infections
  • Cardiovascular symptoms (leading cause of death)— including hypertension, irregular heart beat, paroxysmal tachycardia, congestive heart failure
  • Increased levels of cancer (second leading cause of death)— head, neck, oesophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, breast, lung, rectal
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.

  • Functional Liver Detoxification test
  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
 
 
Links & Other Information
Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.
 

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