The consumption of even a small quantity of alcohol while on medication will seriously aggravate a health condition. There are around 150 known types of medication that can seriously deteriorate a health condition while consuming alcohol. A good example would be antihistamine, whose sedative effect is increased to a point that driving or handling machinery would become very dangerous.
If alcohol is consumed while on painkillers such as Tylenol, you could end up damaging your liver. Those of us who tend to self-medicate drugs and take them indiscriminately with alcohol are opening themselves up to a whole range of health problems. You should always consult your doctor about the possibility of drinking alcohol with any prescribed drug.
Both legal and social problems can be the outcome of alcohol addiction especially if we are talking about heavy consumption. Problems will most certainly arise at the work place, at home with the family, with the best of friends and with absolute strangers. Hangovers lead to getting up late or not even getting up at all, creating a lack of job productivity and eventually job loss.
Alcohol-Related Birth Defects: If pregnant ladies take alcohol, their children may become prone to a range of congenital defects. Children born of alcoholic mothers may contract life long learning and behavioral problems. They may suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome-FAS- leading to serious physical and mental problems.
Drinking alcohol can also lead to serious long-term health problems such as liver or heart disease and some types of cancer. These conditions are not immediately noticeable but will come to light after a long time of consuming alcohol. Women are actually more likely to suffer from alcohol related diseases even by drinking less than men.
Millions of people round the world suffer from serious liver complaints such as hepatitis or inflammation due to alcoholic drinks which can in certain cases through complication lead to death. On average around 15% of heavy drinkers will develop alcoholic cirrhosis or scarring of liver hepatitis C virus-HCV-infection who may then require a liver transplant. Alcoholism can also lead to getting hepatitis C virus-HCV-infection resulting in a higher chance of contracting cancer of the liver.
Heavy alcohol consumption can also have a serious impact on the nervous system by depressing the central nervous system. Having initially stimulated the mind, alcohol will turn to causing sedation with continual consumption. Alcohol can also diminish the immunity system and will also produce changes in our logical way of thinking, emotional behaviour and judgment. It can also lead to speech difficulties and problems with muscle coordination. All this and more could lead to an alcoholic eventually falling into a coma.
Alcohol consumption is a serious risk for diabetics; as alcohol prevents glucose being released from the liver, increasing the risk of getting hypoglycemia which caused by a low blood sugar count. This can be life threatening when combined with the intake of insulin, used in regulating the blood sugar level.
The pancreas is also at high risk from alcohol consumption as it produces insulin for regulating the blood sugar level. The alcohol can also effect the production of very important hormones used in controlling the metabolism. The pancreas also produces very important enzymes vital for the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates. Long term drinking will cause pancreatitis and an acute pancreatitis can cause severe abdominal pain, diarrhoea and weight loss which could be fatal. So quit drinking alcohol now.