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How do Smoking and Drinking Harm Your Health?

Updated on 20 December 2022

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Drinking and smoking often go together. People who choose to smoke and drink together do so as a way of life. Both habits might have a major negative impact on your body. These two habits are so intertwined that many people find it impossible to avoid them. It may even prove fatal if someone does it frequently. So, it is important to be aware of the health risks associated with drinking and smoking.

The Dire Effects of Smoking and Drinking on Health

The list of effects of smoking and alcohol on health provided below can help you decide whether to give up these two harmful behaviours. 

  1. Wrinkles on The Skin

Additionally, smoking is bad for your skin. If you smoke frequently, your facial skin begins to wrinkle and age. Excessive drinking and smoking can be dangerous to your health. Smoking decreases collagen and elastin, which results in premature wrinkles.

  1. Impact Digestive System 

Regular drinkers and smokers may develop digestive issues. Smoking predisposes to gastritis, gastric ulcers and indigestion. This increases even more when coupled with alcohol. A higher risk of developing oral, larynx, oesophagus, throat, and pancreatic cancer is seen in those who consume alcohol and smoke regularly. If you smoke but do not inhale, you could develop mouth cancer. Furthermore, it may worsen insulin resistance, which raises your risk of type 2 diabetes. 

  1. Liver Cirrhosis

Drinking excessively might harm your liver. The liver is in charge of producing bile, which aids in the body's fat breakdown. Additionally, it cleans the blood. Continuous drinking can slowly harm your liver and result in chronic injury that leads to liver cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis is one of the diseases caused by smoking and drinking.

  1.  Affect Respiratory System

Smokers don’t know that they are risking the health of their respiratory system. Other than emphysema and lung cancer, you may suffer from chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and asthma. In addition, smoking withdrawal can cause temporary coughing, wheezing, and respiratory discomfort. Smokers should also keep in mind that these respiratory problems affect their family members and close associates as well as themselves as they inhale this smoke, called passive smoking. 

  1. High Cholesterol

The fact that drinking alcohol might raise cholesterol may surprise some individuals. Drinking too much can cause artery plaque to build up and impede blood flow to the heart. In addition, it can damage more cells and hormones in the liver. Smoking can also weaken blood vessel walls and cause the body to produce less HDL (good) cholesterol. You might have high cholesterol levels, which increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other illnesses.

  1. Damage Central Nervous System

You initially feel energized when nicotine from cigarettes enters your brain, but over time, it wears you out and makes you desire more. It is the main reason why individuals struggle to quit smoking. Anxiety, anger, and depression are negative symptoms of smoking withdrawal.

  1. Reproductive System

It has been observed that both smoking and alcohol reduce sperm count in males. Men who drink excessively may experience erection problems. In men, blood should flow consistently through the penis. Smoking and drinking reduce blood flow, which raises the possibility of erectile dysfunction. Even in females, fertilisation is low. Many infertility problems are directly or indirectly related to these two addictions. Furthermore, pregnant women who smoke or drink alcohol risk having an unhealthily developed baby with congenital defects. 

Summing Up!

Whether a heavy smoker or drinker or not, you can still suffer from lung and liver-related diseases. You can ask for help from a doctor who can help you reduce smoking and drinking. To get rid of these two negative habits, practice meditation and adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you have a health issue, you can visit www.carehospitals.com

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