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Alcohol Effects On The Endocrine System

Effects Of Alcohol On Endocrine System

The Endocrine System  Alcohol has widespread effects on multiple organs, including the endocrine organs, potentially impairing endocrine function. What is the endocrine system? The endocrine system is a network of organs and glands located throughout the body. It’s similar to the nervous system in that it plays an important role in regulating and controlling many of the body’s functions. However, while the nervous system uses neurotransmitters and nerve impulses for communication, the endocrine system uses chemical messengers called hormones [1].  Hormones are produced by the glands of the endocrine system, traveling through the bloodstream to various tissues and organs in the body. The hormones then tell these tissues and organs what to do or how to function. Some examples of bodily functions that are controlled by the endocrine system include: Metabolism Appetite Growth and development Sexual function and reproduction Heart rate Blood pressure Sleeping and waking cycles Body temperature The endocrine system ensures proper communication between different organs of the body to maintain a constant internal environment, also called homeostasis. The endocrine system also plays an essential role in enabling the body to respond and appropriately cope with changes in the external and internal environments, such as respond to stress…