Smoking and drinking are two habits that get a lot of negative criticism in the health industry. It seems that people are always trying to find new ways to get drunk, which seems to have recently become popular among teens and college students, has health care providers quite concerned.
Heavy alcohol use has negative effects on organs throughout the body including the liver and the heart. The health hazards may become more pronounced for people who drink and smoke heavily, increasing the risks of health, diseases of the lungs.
Knowing about the facts about the side effects of smoking and drinking on the body can help you find the motivation to quit.
The lungs are pliable organs that need to be flexible to breathe properly. Smoking causes the lungs to become damaged. This in turn leads to a condition called emphysema where breathing becomes labored, even with minimal exertion.
In 2010, the United States, alone saw 222,520 new cases of lung cancer and 157,300 deaths, according to the national cancer institute. Smoking is one of the leading risk factors for this disease.
Mouth and Throat Cancer
According to the national institute of alcohol, drinking and smoking can lead to mouth and throat cancer. Smoking contributes to approximately 80 percent of all oral cancer cases. Oral cancers can spread to nearby and surrounding areas like the tongue, head, neck, salivary glands and lymph nodes.
Liver cancer also known as hepatocellular carcinoma can result from drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. This type of cancer treated through surgery, radiation and liver transplant.
High Blood Pressure
When you drink and smoke, you increase your chances of getting high blood pressure. It can cause congestive heart failure, heart attack, stroke, kidney damage and vision loss notes the American heart association.