Alcoholism: The downsides to cardiovascular health

September 24, 2021 by Anand Agarwal0

Written by Deepak Kumar Nayak and Guided by Dr. Anand Agarwal.


Alcohol beverages have been ranked among the most in-demand products worldwide.

As per a report presented by the World Health Organization (WHO), alcoholism kills around 6k individuals every day worldwide. Out of which 28% deaths are due to injuries from traffic accidents, self-harm, and violence, 21% are due to digestive disorders, 19% due to cardiovascular diseases, and the remaining due to infectious diseases, cancers, psychological disorders, and other health complications.

Moreover, alcoholism kills 2.6 lakh Indians every year either by causing cancer, kidney failures, or leading to road accidents caused by drunk driving.

Alcoholism and Cardiovascular Health

Excessive alcohol consumption is a kind of abuse and has a toxic effect on many of your vital organs, including cardiovascular health. It triggers hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and cardiomyopathy (a condition where your heart cannot efficiently pump blood to the rest of your body).

The toxicity of alcohol weakens the heart muscle over time which reduces its blood pumping capacity. When the heart cannot pump the required amount of blood, it expands to hold extra blood by becoming thinner and enlarged. Eventually, the strain causes the blood vessels to stop functioning and leads to death. This is how alcoholism is related to cardiovascular health.


How to get rid of alcohol addiction?

Alcoholism is temporary fun with permanent downsides. Are you concerned about your alcohol intake? Struggling to find a solution? Perhaps it’s a habit you’d prefer to keep under control or quit altogether. To curb alcoholism, we recommend you seek treatment only from qualified healthcare experts.

The treatment may involve three major options – Detoxification, Medications, and Prevention training. Detoxification refers to the process of immediate termination of alcohol intake among individuals who suffer from alcohol dependence. Medication involves certain kinds of drugs that have effects similar to alcohol to deal with alcohol addiction. Prevention training includes therapy and behavior modification where an individual has to practice certain lifestyle habits to stay away from alcohol consumption. It includes meditation practices, dietary supplements, sleeping timetables, etc.


In conclusion, alcohol consumption and alcoholism can affect your life depending on how you drink, how often you drink, and how much you drink. And it can especially affect your cardiovascular health, your organ of life. So it’s highly recommended to stay away from drinking alcohol, or at least be responsible while consuming it.

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