Alcoholism Nervous System And Limb Disorders


Alcoholism Nervous System And Limb Disorders  

Alcohol is a drink which if taken in excess can affect the nervous system and all the organs of the body. When alcohol is first absorbed, it infiltrates the brain, the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. It clouds the thinking, vision and hearing power of the drinker.

Once the alcohol gets absorbed into the body, the drinker may show effects such as slurred speech, slow reaction time, poor memory, impaired hearing and other effects. The faster the alcohol gets absorbed, the faster such symptoms manifest. The more concentrated the alcohol is, the more time it takes to absorb. Pure alcohol generally stays in the stomach and can have corrosive effects on the lining of the stomach. It may then stay in the stomach and not go down into the small intestine where it would get absorbed faster. Also, warm alcohol gets absorbed faster than cold alcohol.

When alcohol is absorbed, the muscles get weakened and hence, deteriorate. It may lead to a sluggish heart in alcoholics. This condition is called cardiomyopathy. It may also lead to irregular heartbeat as well which is called arrhythmia. As a sign of hang-overs, muscle aches are common. Studies have also found that many of the alcoholics population, have restless legs as a result of consumption of alcohol and are often diagnosed with restless legs syndrome. This disease is also called Wittmaack-Ekbom's syndrome. The affected persons feel an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable sensations. It can affect the legs, arms or the torso.

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