Men, perhaps you don’t need any more reasons to stop drinking. You already know it’s not healthy. It’s causing problems in your personal life, and from time to time it’s affected your ability to perform your job.
You might already know all the health risks that come with drinking, and yet, if you’re still drinking several times per week, perhaps knowing that it can also cause a stroke might push you to finally get sober help. For instance, when some men find out that their blood pressure is high and they are at risk for diabetes, they make it a point to start living healthy again. They go to the gym. They go for regular walks and they make better food choices. When you’re life is on the line, you do what you can to save yourself. And perhaps this is precisely what the following news can do for you:
Researchers have found that drinking several times per week increases the risk of stroke. According to the university study, it’s not just the amount of alcohol that’s consumed but also the frequency of drinking that can have a negative effect on one’s health.
Of course, there are many health risks and long-term medical illnesses that can result from chronic heavy drinking. For instance, long-term alcohol consumption can affect nearly every organ in the body. Drinking alcohol across the long term can affect coordination, thiamine deficiency, and other forms of poor nutrition. Alcoholism can lead to illnesses having to do with the heart, such as hypertension and an irregular heartbeat. It can also cause impotence, irregular menstrual cycles, pancreatitis, confusion, and amnesia. Other illness associated with chronic heavy drinking include
- High blood Pressure
- Nerve Damage
The long-term effects of alcoholism can be devastating and life threatening. This includes the psychological effects of an addiction as well. Approximately, 10%-15% of those with alcoholism will attempt to take their life. Those who were able to complete a suicide tend to have positive alcohol levels in their blood stream. One population that is at a high risk of both suicide and alcoholism is men who have lost their wives within the last year.
Yet, according to the study, men can lose their lives to a stroke if they drink frequently enough. For instance, the research revealed that men who drank more than twice per week had a threefold risk of having a life-threatening stroke compared to those who do not consume any alcohol at all. A total of 2609 men participated in the study when they were middle aged and then 20 years later for follow up research.
It probably goes without saying that drinking heavily over many years is going to have medical consequences. The body will begin to deteriorate in a variety of ways. The alcohol consumption over many years not only affects the health of the body; it also affects the stability of the mind as well.
Of course, a sober living program can help bring the use of alcohol to an end and, in that way, help save a man’s life. Furthermore, it can review the ways that alcohol might have harmed the body and, even better, it can help restore one’s health through the use of physical exercise and nutritional counseling.
Physical exercise and nutritional eating in a sober living program can in fact aid the healing process during recovery. Returning to a diet that is rich in nutrients can help replenish the body, giving it energy, repairing organ tissue, and strengthening the immune system. Recovering addicts can actually use certain food to facilitate their healing, such as those that increase the production of serotonin that help enhance mood. Feeling better physically and mentally no doubt can facilitate one’s overall experience of life, providing a better outlook on the recovery road ahead.
If you’re on the edge of getting sober help and you know that continued drinking is going to take your life, perhaps now is the time to get the support you need – to save your life.