Alcohol is one of the most common drugs used today. It is socially acceptable and legal. The availability makes it very difficult if you are addicted and trying to stop. Advertisements are everywhere you go, and on every channel you watch.
The truth is there are many dangers to drinking alcohol excessively. Alcohol reacts with some of the hormones in our body causing severe medical problems. Studies have been done on alcohol and the effects it has on our brains, body, and emotions.
Colleen Miller’s Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction help clients overcome alcohol addiction. One of the ways to overcome addiction is through education — understanding how alcohol affects the body is vital to understanding your treatment options.
How Do Alcohol Effect Hormones In The Body?
Hormones are chemical messengers that help control and guide the body’s functions, tissues, and organs. Alcohol can disrupt many hormones affecting how the body functions.
What Are Hormones and What Do They Do?
- Hormones regulate production, utilization, and storage of energy
- They aid in reproduction
- Hormones regulate blood pressure
◦ Alcohol increases cortisol levels and in high qualities can increase blood pressure
- They control growth and development
- Hormones aid in calcium metabolism
◦ Causing PTH (parathyroid hormone) deficiency, increase calcium excretion
◦ Alcohol disturbs vitamin D metabolism
◦ Disrupts absorption of dietary calcium
◦ Calcium deficiency can lead to bone diseases, like osteoporosis
- Nutritional deficiencies can be caused by excessive alcohol use
- Alcohol consumption can affect blood sugar levels
◦ Alcohol interferes with the hormones that regulate sugar levels
◦ Excessive use may cause poor eating habits while intoxicated
◦ Drinking alcohol limits glucose production while it is being metabolized
◦ Chronic heavy drinking increases glucose
◦ Reduces the body’s responsiveness to insulin
◦ There are lower rates of survival for alcoholics with diabetes
Drinking excessive alcohol may also cause sexual dysfunction and infertility. In men, it also reduces testosterone levels, can cause male breast enlargement and alter standard sperm structure. Drinking too much can change the male reproductive system.
Women that are menopausal that drink in excess may experience cessation of their menstruation or irregular menstrual cycles, even menstrual cycles without ovulation. Some women may experience early menopause. Pregnant women may be at risk of spontaneous abortions.
Studies have been presented that indicates that many of these symptoms can be reversed if the consumption of alcohol is stopped. There are withdrawals associated with the cessation of alcohol. Colleen Miller’s Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction can help you reach your goals of breaking an alcohol addiction.
The Center offers many options for treatment. We provide traditional treatment and holistic practices to treat the whole individual, mind, body, and spirit. If you are ready to change your life and bring wellness to your body Colleen Miller’s Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction has their doors open.