Over the last few years, research has shown that the neurological effects of long-term alcohol abuse can be extreme, and sometimes irreparable. While many may associate alcohol abuse with liver damage, the damage to your brain can be just as extreme, and sometimes even more life threatening. Alcohol can especially impact a developing brain. That means adolescents and young adults who drink excessively, and always have, are even more susceptible to its damage.
There are a number of neurological effects that can be externally seen by alcoholics. For instance, trouble walking or standing, slurred speech and impaired vision are all things that noticeably happen to an intoxicated person. While this may seem harmless, and some even consider it laughable at the time, these are all signs that your brain is being damaged. Brain cells can be repaired after a night of heavy drinking, but long-term abusers run the risk of permanent damage to their brain.