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Harmoni Garbade
Mrs Crist
English 4
14 March 2016
Alcohol Destroys The Body
Even though alcohol is a socially accepted drink, too often, people take it too far. So
many people fall into alcohol's deep hole and let it destroy their body. Alcohol has many effects
on a human body within the inner body, the outer body, and can even be cancerous. When you
drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body ("How
Alcohol Affects the Body"). Drinking only causes problems for the drinker and the people
around the alcohol dependant.
Alcohol is so bittersweet, the taste is good but the effects on the inner body are atrocious.
Drinking too much can take a serious toll on your immune system and on other organs within the
body. The main organs that alcohol targets are the brain, heart, liver, and pancreas ("Alcohol's
Effects on the Body"). Therefore Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single
occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including: cardiomyopathy stretching and
drooping of heart muscle, arrhythmias irregular heartbeat, stroke, high blood pressure
("Alcohol's Effects on the Body"). Another area of your body that alcohol harms severely is the
liver. It can harm the liver in ways more than one such as Steatosis, or fatty liver, alcoholic
hepatitis, fibrosis and also cirrhosis ("Alcohol's Effects on the Body"). Not only these major
effects on these organs but on the immune system as well. An immune system weakened by
alcohol abuse has a hard time fighting off viruses, germs, and all types of illness. Heavy drinkers

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are more likely to get pneumonia or tuberculosis than the general population. Chronic alcohol
use increases your risk of many forms of cancer ("How Alcohol Affects the Bod.").
Overindulging in alcohol can affect the way you look and feel. Drinking too much
deprives the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients because alcohol generally dehydrates your body.
According to "How Alcohol Affects Your Appearance" Over time, drinking heavily can have
other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin. Rosacea, a skin disorder that starts with
a tendency to blush and flush easily and can eventually lead to facial disfigurement, is linked to
alcohol. There are more physical appearances that are severely noticeable such as things like
jaundice. "DermNet NZ." states that The skin and sclera of the eyes often turn yellow in
patients with alcoholic liver disease. The colour, known as jaundice, is due to bilirubin, a product
broken down from haem derived from red blood cells.
Alcohol is associated to be the cause of many types of cancers. In regards to "DermNet
NZ." it states Along with increasing the risk of liver, pancreatic and breast cancer, alcohol
increases the risk of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma,
melanoma, and oral cancer as well. Alcohol acts as a guide to help harmful chemicals such as
nicotine in cigarettes ("Alcohol Use and Cancer"). This might explain why the combination of
smoking and drinking is much more likely to cause cancers in the mouth or throat than either
smoking or drinking alone. In other cases, alcohol may slow the body's ability to break down and
get rid of some harmful chemicals.
Most people know that heavy drinking can cause health issues but when it becomes
cancerous, it is more than just a slight problem. People do not fully understand what they are
putting their body through when they pick up a drink. The sobering truth is that alcohol

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consumption has many effects on a human within the inner body, the outer body and can even be
cancerous in certain areas.

Works Cited

"Alcohol's Effects on the Body." Alcohol's Effects on the Body. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.
"Alcohol Use and Cancer." Alcohol Use and Cancer. Web. 07 Apr. 2016.
"DermNet NZ." Alcohol and the Skin. Web. 07 Apr. 2016.
"How Alcohol Affects the Body." Healthline. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.
"How Alcohol Affects Your Appearance." How Alcohol Affects Your Appearance. Web. 07 April