A lot of alcohol drinkers experience random bruises that seem to appear overnight. Now, you might expect to wake up in the morning with a hangover that includes dry mouth, headache, and upset stomach if you really tied one on. However, bruises are often a surprise. You wonder where that bruise came from. Did you fall? Get hit? Bump into something?
Something many people may not know is that alcohol makes you much more vulnerable to becoming bruised. Therefore, it might not be the tripping, falling, or bumping you may have thought.
What Is A Bruise?
A bruise occurs when blood is spilled beneath the skin’s surface. When this happens, bruises are purple or red at first, and then they fade as the blood is absorbed into the body once again.
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Usually, a bruise appears when you have collided with something hard. This can happen when walking into furniture, falling, or being hit.
Some people bruise more easily than others, bruising when there has seemingly been no trauma to the skin.
Bleeding disorders can cause bruising to occur, but if there is no family history of disease, then something else may be causing bruises to develop – like abuse of alcohol.
Alcohol & Your Blood
When ingesting alcohol, the blood vessels in the body expand and relax. The expansion of the vessels increases the flow of blood in the body – this includes the vessels that are near the surface of the skin. When there is more blood circulating, there is a higher chance of blood escaping if there is a rupture in a vessel. Even a small bump can cause a rupture in the blood vessels, leading to a red or purple-colored bruise.
The Liver & Bruising
The liver is the organ in your body that processes all the alcohol you ingest. This is a vital organ that processes the blood that flows through your body, cleaning it of toxins, and then releasing it back into the bloodstream. Your liver continually stores about 10 percent of the blood in your body, so when you drink alcohol, your liver must work harder to process toxins.
The liver does a good job at this, but it has trouble keeping up if heavy quantities of alcohol have been ingested. This is when you may become intoxicated and feel the effects of alcohol. The liver can become damaged and swell, causing cells to die and scarring to develop. This scarring keeps the liver from doing its job – which includes managing blood cells.
Your liver helps the blood in your body clot and move evenly in the blood vessels. When it is damaged and can’t filter alcohol properly, bloodstream health will decline. The decline of healthy blood can lead to bruising.
Does This Signal A Larger Problem?
Severe liver damage occurs with users that drink heavily for several years. The liver will continually be damaged by alcohol abuse, eventually resulting in failure. Excessive bruising that seems to occur for no reason may indicate that the liver is beginning to fail, and medical attention may be needed.
Can Bruising Be Managed?
Bruising after drinking alcohol can be very alarming, especially when the bruise appears large and you have no memory of how it got there.
However, you do not have to suffer from bruises covering your skin and causing others to look at you with worry.
Protect the Liver
By protecting the liver, you can keep yourself from appearing bruised and battered. One way to effectively do this is by limiting the amount of alcohol you drink or quitting your alcohol habit. This will ensure that the liver functions properly and can filter out the toxins in your body efficiently. Liver damage is commonly associated with drinking heavily, so make sure to keep your liver healthy so that it lasts for many years.
Symptoms That Affect You
Alcohol affects the brain, as well as other parts of the body, making changes that cause quitting alcohol to be difficult. Individuals may find that it is much more challenging than they imagined to curb the temptation to drink alcohol even for a day or so. These changes make thinking clearly more difficult and could cause you to miss commitments. You can also experience the following:
- Missing school, work, or social functions to drink
- Developing a tolerance to alcohol
- Craving alcoholic drinks
- Drinking upon waking and before bed
- Feelings of agitation when not drinking
- Continuing to drink alcohol despite consequences
- Engaging in dangerous activities while intoxicated
When Professional Help Is Needed
If you have tried to stop drinking in the past with no success, then it may be time to seek professional help. A certified substance abuse clinician or counselor can help you find out the underlying cause of your drinking and work with you on addressing the issue and curbing your addiction to alcohol. Family members may express concern about drinking habits and behaviors that you engage in while intoxicated.
Even if you do not feel as though drinking is a problem, the bruises may tell a different story. Be sure to keep an open mind and know that your family and friends care about you and your overall health. Coming to terms with a drinking habit and the damaging effects it has had on your loved ones can be difficult, but it is a necessary part of the recovery process.
When detoxing by yourself fails, seek help from doctors that can monitor your detox and ease withdrawal symptoms in the best way that works for you. Your health will be kept in check by medical professionals that only seek to help you recover from your addiction. Staff members work closely with patients to ensure that a comprehensive treatment plan is developed, and recovery can be successful.
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When it comes to bruises and alcohol, it could be a simple bump that has been forgotten due to the effect alcohol has on your memory. However, it could also be due to liver damage that makes the blood clot less and become more susceptible to escaping from damaged blood vessels. If you notice bruising, be aware that it could be an indicator of a more significant issue.
Reach Out For Help Today
Give The Palm Beach Institute a call today at 855-960-5456 if you’re struggling with an addiction to alcohol and want to stop drinking. Detoxing from alcohol can be challenging, so it’s best to do so under the care of clinicians and addiction specialists. It’s also helpful to undergo detox and recovery in a residential rehab center, where you are surrounded by professionals who can aid you in detox and recovery. Getting through the detox phase successfully is best done when you’re working in conjunction with alcohol addiction specialists. And, you may be given medication that can help decrease some of the uncomfortable symptoms that may come on.
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