Effects of Alcohol Poisoning on the Brain

Effects of Alcohol Poisoning on the Brain

Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Poisoning on the Brain

Alcohol consumed excessively can really be a cause of severe damage to the brain. Although drinking maybe a fun activity, you should be aware of the long-term effects of alcohol abuse on the brain. So, how does alcohol abuse effect your brain?

The human brain is the center of human central nervous system. Simply put, it is the control room of the body. It is the organ responsible for keeping all the other bodily systems under control. There is an operative and integral signal system that transmits signals to the parts of the body. This is called neurotransmitter.

Alcohol affects different parts of the brain in numerous ways. Some of the common brain parts where the impact of alcohol can be significantly felt include:

  • The Limbic System

  • Cerebral Cortex

  • Cerebellum

  • Hypothalamus

  • Pituitary Glands

  • and Medulla

Generally, the presence of alcohol in these systems can lead to memory loss and exaggerated emotion levels. The person also becomes talkative, exhibits poor judgment, and urinates frequently. He or she would also experience drowsiness. When alcohol is introduced to the synapse, the gap where neurotransmitters are active, the signal transmission system becomes disordered.

Additional Effects | Alcohol Poisoning Syndrom

Other long-term effects of alcohol abuse also include WKS, or the Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, a disease with two separate syndromes, a short-lived and severe state known as the Wernicke’s encephalopathy; and a long-lasting and debilitating condition known as Korsakoff’s psychosis. The Wernicke’s encephalopathy symptoms include paralysis of the nerves which move the eyes, mental confusion, and muscle-coordinating difficulty. Oftentimes, the last symptom leads to the inability to walk as well as perform fine motor movement. The same is true for patients with Korsakoff’s psychosis. They tend to be forgetful which could lead to getting frustrated very easily. Patients with Kosakoff’s psychosis usually have problems retaining old information as well as relaying new information presented to them.

These long-term effects of alcohol abuse may seem like a threat but they actually do happen. A few drinks here and there may not seem that bad just as long as you do not make drinking something that you cannot live without.

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