Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Link Between Alcoholism and Mood Swings (part 1 of 2)

Alcoholism is a problem that millions of people around the world suffer from.  It not only changes the physical and mental state of a person, it also affects his relationship with others, potentially causing problems with his friends, family, social groups and even career.  It can, for example, lead to frequent mood swings, something that many patients are not that well-equipped or informed to handle.

Alcoholism, in its simplest terms, is addiction to a substance – in this case, alcohol.  It is a kind of condition characterized by continued intake of alcohol and alcoholic beverages.  Even after a person suffers the physical, mental, emotional and mental repercussions of this type of addiction, they still find it difficult to overcome or at least, control it.

How alcoholism leads to mood swings
The effect of alcohol varies from one individual to the next.  This explains why some people get drunk easily while others can 'carry' their drink rather well.  Other than the physiology of the person drinking, his or her predisposition to addiction, along with certain environmental factors, will affect the degree of addiction of a patient.

The problem with alcoholism is that once alcohol enters the system, it is quickly absorbed by the stomach and the intestines.  The substance then reaches the bloodstream which carries it throughout the body.  The alcohol then affects the tissues and the nerves, limiting how the central nervous system functions.  As a result, the alcohol also influences the brain.

In persons who do not suffer from alcoholism, the effect of the alcohol is temporary at best.  However, with alcoholism, there is greater physical impairment because there is continued ingestion of alcohol.  The body needs about 6 to 8 hours in order to remove alcohol from its system.

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