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How Does Late-Stage Alcoholism Affect the Body?

Mar 19, 2018 | Alcohol Addiction, QA

Alcoholism is a deplorable disease that is indicative of its stages that become more progressive with every drink of alcohol that is consumed. Alcohol is straight poison and unhealthy in large quantities over a period of abuse. In many cases, the body can be rejuvenated, but in the case of late-stage alcoholism, the prognosis can turn fatal rather quickly because many of the ailments that are accrued are incurable or need massive medical treatment to turn around the effects.

Watching a loved one suffer with late-stage alcoholism is difficult to experience. Anyone that must endure the pain of seeing someone physically and mentally deteriorate when they are addicted to alcohol, most likely will be baffled as to how alcohol became so powerful over someone who is unable to help themselves any longer. The alcoholic demise can be a difficult process to witness because of how aggressively alcohol degrades the body during the late stages of alcoholism. Life threatening physical maladies become unavoidable when someone drinks themselves into the oblivion that alcoholism manifests.

Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

The blood that needs to be flow through vital organs is unable to be pumped efficiently because the heart becomes enlarged from alcohol abuse and thins and weakens the muscles leading to heart failure.


Alcohol dismantles the pancreas with agonizing inflammation abstracting the enzymes and hormones that the body needs for digestion.  

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

WKS is also known as “wet brain” and resembles dementia. Heavy alcohol consumption creates chronic brain damage primarily in combination with a thiamine deficiency.  

Barrett’s Esophagus

This condition is brought about by gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) that turns normal tissue lining in the esophagus to resemble the tissue in the lining of the intestine, making it difficult to swallow. Pneumonia, choking, and aspiration can become hazardous to those that develop Barrett’s esophagus or possibly lead to esophageal cancer.

Liver Disease

Excess alcohol damage destroys liver cells which makes it difficult for the liver to metabolize fats and proteins, as well as flush toxins out of the liver as needed. The destruction of liver cells produces a fatty liver which can lead the way to causing cirrhosis of the liver. Of the 100,000 deaths a year that involve alcohol, 20 percent of those are directly related to liver disease.

Getting help for alcoholism in the early stages will give someone who has struggled with alcohol a better chance of living. These conditions that are caused by late-stage alcoholism, should be treated as soon as possible with appropriate medical intervention. Consult a doctor to see what options there are to combat the symptoms.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can help you or a loved one who is struggling with drugs or alcohol to combat physical symptoms of addiction. Our medical and clinical staff together can show you how to live your best life in recovery.

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