Dry January – Impacts of Alcohol on the Body

Alcohol can have an immediate affect on the body once drunk, and absorbed into the bloodstream. Over indulging and drinking too much during the festive season is common in the UK and therefore many people choose to carry out ‘ Dry January’. This is where people decide not to drink for the whole of the month and try to lead a healthier lifestyle. Introducing some exercise and eating healthier foods.

Alcohol can have the following impacts on the body:-

  • Brain – Headaches, Blackouts, Delusions, Paranoia, Forgetfulness, Impaired judgement, decline in IQ, Dementia, Epileptic fits, Wernicke’s disease, Haemorrhage, peripheral neuritis, Korsakoff’s psychosis and death
  • Lungs – a small amount of alcohol escapes unused via breath 2-4%
  • Liver – Fatty cells, tissue scarring, jaundice, hepatitis, irreversible cirrhosis – the liver breaks down 90% of alcohol consumed
  • Kidneys – A small amount of alcohol escapes unused via urine 2-4%
  • Pancreas – bad digestion, malnutrition, early diabetes
  • Sweat Glands – A small amount of alcohol escapes unused via sweat glands 2-6%
  • Sex Organs
  • Male – depressed testicular production, breast growth due to female hormones not broken sufficiently down by liver
  • Female – failure to ovulate, risk of abortion
  • Bones – Degeneration leading to risks of fractures
  • Nervous System – Malfunctions, shakiness, tremors
  • Intestines – Inflammation corrosive effect caused by the alcohol
  • Fingers – pins and needles
  • Stomach – gastritis, peptic ulcer from the corrosive effect
  • Heart – Weak and fatty heart, weakening of heart muscles, high blood pressure. Anaemias due to decreasing absorption of vitamins
  • Muscles – degeneration, weakness and pain
  • Gullet – Corrosive effect increase chances of cancer
  • Throat – Pressure on portal circulation – risk of haemorrhage, increase chances of cancer x40 if you smoke
  • Nervous System – Peripheral neuritis degeneration of the nervous system supplying limbs

One unit contains 10ml of pure alcohol. New guidance advises that men and women who drink regularly, should drink no more than 14 units per week. This equates to 6 pints or beer or 7 glasses of wine. It is important to know the legislation, and know your limits.

At BDHL we work with HR teams to offer a total health and wellbeing programme for employees. From managing stress and absenteeism or recruiting and retaining the right people for your industry BDHL’s employee benefits will be able to help.

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