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Most people are familiar with the effects of alcohol - dry skin, brittle hair and a banging headache - but few of us give much thought to the long-term health implications.
According to nutritionist Gabriela Peacock of GP Nutrition, excessive drinking can not only cause short-term problems like an upset stomach and a dry mouth, it can also have a devastating impact on our brain, stomach liver.
Alcohol - Effects - Mind - Depression - Patterns
Alcohol can have long-term effects on our mind too, contributing to depression and ruining sleep patterns.
Here, she explains what you should think twice before pouring that next glass of wine - and how to prepare the body for less of a shock the next day.
This organ helps to detoxify the body and process any chemicals, so if its being damaged by alcohol this could have detrimental effect on our bodies, says Gabriela.
Alcohol - Use - Liver - Ability - Function
'Chronic alcohol use can irreversibly damage the liver and its ability to function and increases the risk of inflammation of the liver and liver disease.
'Scar tissue is formed, known as cirrhosis. It is this scar tissue which can destroy the liver.'
Alcohol - Misuse - System - Gabriela
Excessive alcohol misuse can damage the the central nervous system, Gabriela warns.
'Long term exposure cause longer term frontal lobe damage to the brain affecting emotions, short term memory and coordination.
Alcohol - Impact - Mood - Inhibitions - Term
'While alcohol can have a very temporary positive impact on our mood and cause us to lose inhibitions and feel relaxed, in the long term it can cause big problems for our mental health,' says Gabriela.
'The brain relies on a delicate balance of chemicals. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it can disrupt that balance, affecting our thoughts, feelings and actions – and sometimes our long-term mental health. '
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