There are many health risks of chronic alcohol abuse, ranging from high blood pressure to stroke. People are most familiar with alcohol’s negative effects on the liver.
In some cases, you may be advised to reduce your alcohol intake in a gradual and planned way to help avoid withdrawal problems.
The liver processes over 90 percent of consumed alcohol. The rest exits the body via urine, sweat and breathing.
Many people initially experience disturbed sleep when abstaining from alcohol, but in most cases their sleep pattern returns to normal within a month.
The damage to your liver can also mean it's unable to store glycogen, a carbohydrate that provides short-term energy.
People who regularly abuse alcohol have a compounded risk of developing liver disease if they develop an infection or are genetically predisposed to liver problems. Those consuming more than two drinks on a daily basis put themselves at risk for liver disease.
When this happens, the body uses its own muscle tissue to provide energy between meals, which leads to muscle wasting and weakness. This means you may need extra energy and protein in your diet.