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Joe Manganiello Talks About His Addiction

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Actor Joe Manganiello seems to be top dog these days. He has a leading role as the werewolf Alcide on HBO’s hit show True Blood, an active member of a number of charities, and just released his first book Evolution. However, life hasn’t always been golden for Manganiello. While promoting Evolution, the actor admitted to struggling with an alcohol addiction and depression during his 20s. Now 11 years sober, Manganiello is able to admit his “life was ruined” and speak openly about the detrimental impact his addiction had not only on his career, but his mind and body as well.

Sober Joe Manganiello

Manganiello’s struggles with alcohol addiction derailed his acting career, “My brain, my body weren’t at 100 percent.” As Manganiello can attest, alcohol can seriously impact the health and well-being of the mind and body, both in the short and long term. Although people report a drink can ease anxiety and increase self-confidence, that one drink can also lead to impaired judgment, a decrease in inhibitions, and a loss of fine muscle coordination. A heavy night of binge drinking can result in vomiting, memory loss, and even memory loss. Furthermore, even one night of heavy drinking can put the health of the heart at risk.

Risk Factors Are Prevalent With Heavy Drinking

The long term effects of alcohol are even more harrowing. Over time, drinking excessively causes serious damage to the liver and pancreas. Illnesses caused by alcohol include hepatitis, pancreatitis, and hypertension. Alcohol can also increase the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, and breast. In addition to the physical ailments, long term alcohol abuse can cause psychological issues as well. Heavy drinkers are more inclined to depression, disrupted sleep, psychosis, and even self-harm.

Alcohol can impair physical and mental health in the short and long term. If you or a loved one is battling a substance abuse problem, please contact The Watershed today: 1-800-861-1768.

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