In most cases, alcohol abuse does not go unnoticed. Ethyl alcohol and derivatives of its catabolism have a significant negative effect on internal organs and important systems. The effect of ethanol affects the reproductive functions of women and men. If alcohol is consumed rarely and in relatively large quantities (depending on the type of alcoholic drink) then the body of a healthy person copes well with neutralizing toxins and recovers quite quickly. The exception is made by people with individual intolerance to ethyl alcohol as well as the presence of serious chronic disorders of the functions of the liver central nervous system kidneys gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. The negative effect of ethanol on diseased organs is significant even with a single case of drinking alcohol and in moderate doses.
If the patient has already formed an alcohol dependence then the process of restoring body functions after drinking alcohol can be delayed for a long time and not be completed completely. The stage of chronic alcoholism plays an important role. If we are talking about stage I in which dependence is characterized only by psychological cravings then recovery is relatively quick and painless. With the formed physical dependence at the II and III stages of the development of pathology, everything is much more complicated.
Normal recovery after drinking alcohol is hampered by the accumulation of ethanol and toxic products of its breakdown in the tissues of internal organs. They cause functional disturbances as well as structural changes. Ethanol-induced detoxification of the liver is accompanied by an increase in the concentration of triglycerides in the cells. With the regular intake of significant doses of alcohol they do not have time to be excreted in time and ultimately become the cause of fatty degeneration of liver tissue and as a result, lead to cirrhosis. Structural changes as a rule become noticeable too late to correct the situation since approximately 15% of healthy hepatocytes are quite capable of maintaining liver function at a sufficiently high level.
First, the patient must become aware of the mental dependence on alcoholic beverages and want to overcome it as long as possible. The first warning signs are manifestations such as:
Regular parties with colleagues and indispensable drinking at the end of the working week. Soon after Monday a person thinks about Friday and dreams of feeling calm and relaxed.
An acquired habit of having lunch and dinner on weekends with a glass of vodka brandy or a glass of dry wine. Over time drinking occurs before meals (for appetite) during and after meals (for better absorption).
These are all far fetched reasons
- The person just likes to drink alcohol.
- Loss of interest in previously favorite activities hobbies. They are replaced by gatherings with friends and the use of alcoholic beverages.
- Preference for an ordinary walk in the park or in the fresh air of a feast with drinking alcohol.
- The irritation is caused by requests from family members to do something around the house after drinking alcohol and a feeling of relaxation and euphoria.
Psychological discomfort begins to appear in a state of sobriety.
At this stage of chronic alcoholism alcohol still passed into the category of physical needs. Until the withdrawal syndrome developed. With a sharp refusal from alcoholic beverages, most patients have good recovery rates. Acquired disorders relate to the mental sphere as well as individual organs that are the first to come into contact with ethanol: the gastrointestinal tract pancreas and liver.
A narcologist will easily help you to stop at the first stage of the development of chronic alcoholism. It brings a person to an awareness of the problem and professionally motivates the patient to stop drinking alcohol. The doctor will also tell you how to quickly restore weakened body functions after the influence of ethanol and will offer an individual therapeutic strategy using psychotherapeutic techniques and soft drugs (usually of plant origin).