Alcoholism : Causes And Effects Essay

1224 Words Oct 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Almost 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes each year, making it the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. With the increasing number of deaths each year, alcohol consumption has become an increasing concern. Alcoholism can be defined as a condition that prevents people from being able to control their alcohol consumption. A disease can be defined as an abnormal condition of a structure or function of one part of the body that affects the whole body and prevents it from functioning properly. Alcohol and disease can be analyzed together making the statement that alcoholism is a disease.
Alcohol consumption can have a drastic effect on almost every organ of the body. Drinking too much can cause problems in the brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system and can increase the chances of developing various types of cancers. In the brain, alcohol can obstruct its communication pathways and can alter its appearance and function. Hindering with the function of the brain can cause changes in mood, behavior and prevent people from being able to think clearly and move in coordination. Since alcohol prevents the person from thinking clearly, it can cause him or her to consume greater amounts of alcohol since he or she is not able to make rational decisions. The heart is another organ that can be damaged from excessive alcohol consumption. A few problems alcohol can cause on the heart are cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke and high blood…

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