Increased risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and liver. Pancreatitis and resulting hormonal imbalances. Psychiatric problems including depression, anxiety, or suicidal behaviors (alcohol can also exacerbate these if they are preexisting conditions). Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (heart muscle damage leading to heart failure). Increased risk of stroke. High blood pressure. Liver diseases including (but not limited to) fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis. Accidental injury due to mental or physical impairment. Death from alcohol, either by damage done to the body over time, or due to accidents while intoxicated.
Alcohol affects everyone, in every quantity, and under different circumstances. For example, a 110 lb female may feel the effects of a single ounce of liquor or a single glass of wine, much more quickly and with much more of a reaction than a 260lb man would. Knowing your limits, and how your body reacts to the substance is critical, and could be the difference between life and death.
For most people, dealing with the initial hours of liver detox can be done alone, or without the assistance of rehab treatment centers, or inpatient residential programs. However, any further into these conditions should be done under the guidance of medical professionals. This is to ensure that the level of care needed is provided at the right times to avoid life-altering tragedy or death as a result of detox.
The “feel-good” effects of drinking alcohol rely on many elements, namely birth gender, age, weight measurements, ethnicity, food absorption and the amount consumed, and well as the time frame in which alcohol is ingested. According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, more than three drinks a day for women is considered alcohol abuse, and more than 4 drinks within an hour are binge drinking. Just as well, within the time of a week, more than 6-8 drinks is considered alcohol abuse.
Liver Detox: Timeline of Detox.
Liver Detox: Getting Help At Coastal Detox.
Stage One: Insomnia, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and abdominal pain (again, this stage can begin within eight hours of the last consumption of alcohol). Stage Two: Increased body temperature, changes in heart rate, raised blood pressure, and potential mental confusion, fatigue, or brain fog (this stage generally begins twenty-four to seventy-two hours after the last consumption of alcohol). Stage Three: Hallucinations, seizures, and auditory or physical agitation (this stage generally begins two to four days after the last drink).
Knowing what to expect when the detox of your liver begins, can prepare you for what’s ahead. Being informed of what liver detox and withdrawal consists of is the best preparation for a healthy journey to recovery, and will assist you in creating a plan for the type of treatment you will need.