People who’ve been through a lot are still in the dark about how much alcohol can hurt them.
That’s because they don’t really understand the impact of alcohol on their body, said Dr. Jennifer Wylie, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“They don’t know how it affects your body, what it does to your liver, how it’s affecting your heart rate, how much it can lead to depression,” she said.
“People are still sort of in denial.”
While alcohol can lead people to feel intoxicated, the truth is, they aren’t, said Wylies co-author of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” and a professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
“We know that people who are intoxicated are often not aware of what they are drinking,” she told Healthline.
“People can drink all day long and they’re still not aware what they’re drinking.”
People also can’t fully understand how the alcohol impacts their mental health, said Professor Wylied.
“What we see is that people with severe alcohol abuse, particularly people who have had multiple drinking episodes in a row, they don’st understand how alcohol affects their bodies,” she added.
“And they don, too, have the same problems with depression as they do with alcoholism.”
Wylie and her colleagues have spent years researching the effects of alcohol and have developed a treatment plan for alcoholics who are in recovery.
“Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are so different,” said Wyslie.
“Altering the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the immune system, it’s so different.
You need to know where you are in the continuum of things that affect your body.”
The research is being used to help people in recovery from alcohol addiction and help them better understand the different types of alcohol, said professor Wyl.
“It helps them to get better outcomes,” she explained.
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