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What Seafarers May Suffer From Too Much ‘Happy Hour’

Most people nowadays are not only occasional drinkers, but habitual ones too. And seafarers are no exception to this.



Yes, it’s a good feeling to drink alcohol, have fun and enjoy after duty hours. But seafarers must put in mind that too much alcohol intake can cause illnesses and diseases.  This may damage not only the liver, but the kidney and other organs in the body as well.




When a seafarer suffers certain diseases, this may result to a mark in your medical record thus disallowing you to work onboard. In this case, your earning capacity will be affected and the bright future you want for your family may be impossible to reach anymore.




Here is a list of what seafarers may suffer from heavy drinking:



Rise in blood pressure. Seafarers may have high blood pressure due to heavy drinking. This can lead to other health problems like kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.



Chronic pancreatitis. Too much alcohol intake can inflame the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis affects the digestive process, thus causing abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea.



Gout.  This is a painful condition caused by the formation of uric acid crystals in the joint. Though it is hereditary, alcohol consumption plays a big role in having this.



Anemia. Heavy drinking can also cause for the number of hemoglobin in the body to be abnormally low. Anemia can trigger symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath.



Dementia. The human brain shrinks on an average rate as we grow older. But excessive alcohol consumption speeds it, resulting in memory loss and other symptoms of dementia.


This influence the brain's ability to plan, make judgements, solve problems and others which can affect the seafarer.



Cancer. Habitual drinkers are in high risk of having cancer, be it the mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, liver, breast and others. Cancer is also higher for seafarers who are also chain smokers.



Cardiovascular diseases. Drinking too much alcoholic beverage can make platelets more likely to clump together into blood clots, that can lead to heart attack or stroke. It can also lead to weakening of the heart muscle and heart rhythm abnormalities.



Seafarers should drink moderately to avoid these illnesses and diseases which they may acquire from too much drinking habit. As they say, prevention is better than cure.





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