If you were asked to name a few long-term effects of alcohol use disorder, what would you choose? At first, you would probably explain how alcohol damages the liver and the rest of the digestive tract. Some of you might make a note of how long-term drinking can severely impede your vision and your memory. On the other hand, a large number of people might talk about alcohol-related cancers. However, have you ever heard of a condition called alcoholic neuropathy? Not only is this condition of the least common health problems faced by alcoholics, but it is also one of the most painful. People who suffer from this condition will experience tingling, pain, weakness, and improper balance. Let’s take a closer look at this health problem and find out some more information.
What Are the Symptoms?
Overall, the symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy take their toll slowly and painfully. At first, these strange sensations might be subtle, and heavy drinkers might not recognize the symptoms until it is too late. Symptoms of this disease include:
- Lack of sensation in extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes, arms, or legs)
- Strange tingling and burning in the extremities
- Weak hands and/or feet
- Poor balance or coordination
- Unusual bruises, cuts, and sores (including infections)
- Lack of pain after injuries of the extremities
- Dizziness while standing (especially if your eyes are shut)
- Unusual constipation or diarrhea
- Problems urinating
- Problems with intercourse and arousal
What Causes This Disease?
Simply put, as its name suggests, alcoholic neuropathy is caused complications related to long-term, excessive alcohol consumption. In more detail, this disease is triggered by a nutritional deficiency stemming from alcohol use disorder and a buildup of toxins over this time period. After a while, large quantities of alcohol will block the absorption of essential minerals and nutrients, resulting in an overload of toxins that destroys nerves. Even more disturbing, if the symptoms have not been detected in time, the damage will be permanent and untreatable.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol use disorder is a dangerous mental illness that can wreak havoc on your mind and body. However, with the correct comprehensive care and supervision, you can easily regain your footing and take back control of your life. Are you suffering from a form of alcohol abuse or addiction or have a friend or loved one who is also coping with one of these problems? If so (on both accounts), get in touch with Asana Recovery today.
Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the long road of withdrawal and detox will be riddled with difficulties, we promise to help you every step of the way.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.