6 signs that can alert you to excessive alcohol consumption
Quarantines and widespread teleworking in many companies for more than a year, have exposed certain addictions to worsening. Among these addictions is the consumption of alcohol.
Change in appearance of the skin, digestive problems, tingling in the hands or feet. Discover the signs that can alert you to excessive alcohol consumption.
To limit the risks, two British specialists, whose statements were broadcast by the DailyMail, point out the six signs that should warn about an addiction to alcoholic beverages.
1. The appearance of your skin has changed
One of the signs that you are drinking too much alcohol and that your body is suffering from it is a change in the appearance of your skin.
General practitioner Dr. Luke Pratsides explains that skin that becomes dull, dry and tired, and with the appearance of dark circles, must be alert.
In the long term, excessive alcohol consumption can weaken the immune system and "lead to chronic skin infections or cause the skin to turn yellow as a result of liver damage."
Also, redness may appear on the face after the dilation of the blood vessels, especially around the nose and cheeks.
2. You bruise easily on your body
Another skin sign that may indicate alcohol dependence is frequent bruising. If you find that you bruise more easily, even without realizing it, your liver may be damaged by alcohol use.
"One of the main functions of the liver is to produce chemicals called clotting factors that help the blood to clot normally. Therefore, alcoholics cannot easily stop bleeding, which can lead to the formation of fat. Bruising from relatively small bumps, "says the specialist.
3. You feel numbness or tingling in your feet or hands.
Dr. Sanjay Mehta then talks about the tingling or numbness that can be felt in the extremities of the body, in the feet or in the hands.
These symptoms may indicate "alcoholic neuropathy," which occurs when "certain nerves are damaged by excess alcohol, resulting in decreased sensation in the hands and feet, as well as instability," he says.
4. Suffer from digestive problems
Dr. Luke Pratsides then reveals that excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages can be responsible for an overproduction of stomach acid, which can quickly lead to digestive problems, such as acid reflux or heartburn.
He note that in the long term, the risk of stomach ulcers increases significantly.
5. You gain or lose weight
Unsurprisingly, unexplained weight gain is one of the warning signs of alcohol addiction. Alcoholic beverages are very sweet and particularly high in calories, weight gain is unavoidable in some people, who tend to snack on something else and eat poorly.
Dr. Sanjay Mehta also reminds that some people addicted to alcohol can also lose weight. "Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can trick the stomach and mind into feeling full by altering certain hormones involved in appetite," he explains.
6. Suffer from repeated infections
Otitis, tonsillitis, cystitis Do you suffer from repeated bacterial infections? Perhaps your alcohol consumption is too high and it is affecting your immune system, which can no longer adequately defend itself against infections caused by bacteria or viruses.