US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Doctors in an interview with The Telegraph told how alcohol abuse affects the body of people over 40 years old.
Professor Emeritus of University College London and head physician of the charity Drinkaware Paul Wallace said that alcohol affects almost all body systems. In particular, it penetrates the blood-brain barrier into the brain, where it works as a depressant. A person experiences enthusiasm and excitement at the time of drinking alcohol – however, alcohol has a depressing effect on judgment, logic, planning and self-control.
“Over time, regular drinking increases the tendency to mood problems, to the development of anxiety and depression,” – said the doctor.
Dermatologist and spokesman for the British Skin Foundation, Professor Nick Lowe, explained that continued drinking can trigger rosacea, a chronic reddening of the skin due to an increase in blood vessels. Also, alcohol can provoke stress and anxiety, resulting in the production of androgen hormones in the body that stimulate the appearance of acne. The skin, as he noted, loses moisture, and a lack of fluid in the body can cause peeling or swelling under the eyes. The use of sugars, if a person prefers wine or beer, can damage the DNA and collagen in the skin – this, in turn, leads to rapid aging.
Drinking alcohol is twice the daily intake of people, and the risk of stroke is also doubled, Wallace warned. In addition, alcohol abuse leads to increased pressure.
British Heart Foundation Deputy Chief Physician Mike Napton has warned that excessive alcohol consumption negatively affects the ability of the heart to pump blood. This increases the risk of heart failure.
The liver also suffers from alcohol abuse, warned the hepatologist at Royal College Hospital London Debbie Shawcross. This body gradually accumulates fats, which, with frequent use of alcohol from 40 to 55 years old, along with chronic recovery leads to the formation of fibrous tissue. The liver, as noted by the doctor, is reduced. All this can lead to cirrhosis and other diseases.
Midland Fertility reproductologist and chief physician Jillian Lockwood recalled that alcohol abuse can lead to decreased levels of testosterone in men.
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