EFFECT OF ALCOHOL ON INTERNAL ORGANS.
effect on the stomach.
The effect of alcohol on the stomach is extremely dangerous due to its inability to produce the natural digestive fluid in sufficient quantity and also inability to absorb the food that it may not fully digest. A condition characterized by feelings of nausea, emptiness, exhaustion and fullness is always faced by an alcoholic. This leads to an aversion to food and is teased with a craving for more alcohol.
This creates a permanent disorder called dyspepsia. The catastrophic forms of confirmed indigestion stem from this practice.
How the liver is affected.
The organic deteriorations caused by continued alcohol consumption are often fatal. The organ that most often undergoes structural changes from alcohol is the liver. Normally, the liver has the ability to keep active substances in its cellular parts. In the case of poisoning from various toxins, we analyze the liver as if it were the central depot of the foreign substances. It’s pretty much the same with alcohol. The liver of an alcoholic is never be free from the influence of alcohol and is too often saturated with it.
The tiny membrane or the capsule structure of the liver becomes compromised, preventing proper dialysis and free secretion. The liver becomes large due to dilation of its vessels, excess fluid and thickening of tissues. This follows the contraction of the membrane and than the shrinking of the entire organ in its cellular parts.
Then the lower parts of the alcoholic become dropsy due to the obstruction of the blood flowing back through the veins. The structure of the liver can be loaded with fat cells and experience what is technically called “fatty liver.”
How the kidneys deteriorate.
The kidneys also suffer from excessive alcohol consumption. The vessels of the kidneys will lose their elasticity and contractility. The tiny structures within them undergo fat modification. Albumin from the blood easily crosses their membranes.
congestion of the lungs.
Alcohol easily relaxes the pulmonary vessels, since they are most exposed to the fluctuations of heat and cold. When subjected to the effects of a rapid fluctuation in atmospheric temperature, they become clogged easily. During severe winter seasons, the sudden fatal congestion in the lungs easily affects an alcoholic.
Alcohol weakens the heart.
Alcohol consumption has a strong effect on the heart. The quality of the membrane-like structures that cover and line the heart changes and becomes thickened, becoming cartilaginous or calcareous. Then the valves lose their suppleness and the so-called valve disorder becomes permanent.
The structure of the coats of the large blood vessel leading away from the heart shares the same structural changes, so the vessel loses its elasticity and its power to nourish the heart through the rebound from its expansion, after the heart through its stroke it has with blood filled.
Again, the muscular structure of the heart fails due to degenerative changes in its tissue. The elements of the muscle fiber are replaced by fat cells or, if they are not so replaced, they are themselves transformed into a modified muscle texture in which the force of contraction is greatly reduced.
Those suffering from these organic deteriorations in the central and governing organ of the circulatory system experience the fact so gradually that they hardly notice it until the calamity is well advanced. You are aware of a central failure of strength due to minor causes such as overexertion, restlessness, interrupted rest or too long abstinence from food.
They feel what they call a “dip,” but they know that wine or some other stimulant will immediately relieve the feeling.
So they try to alleviate it until they finally find that the remedy is failing. The jaded, overworked, faithful heart will endure no more. it has taken its course and broken the governor of the rivers of blood. The current either overflows into the tissues and gradually jams the pathways, or it stops at the very center with a slight jolt or excess movement.