Our bodies contain a network of nerves that connect the whole body to the spinal cord and the brain. This nervous system allows us to touch, feel, and warns us of dangers such as extreme hot or cold. The network of nerves that allows us to feel is known collectively as the peripheral nervous system and contains a network of 43 pairs of nerves in total.
If this system is damaged or impeded in some way, symptoms can arise including numbness, pain, and weakness. In addition to damage caused by injuries, these symptoms can also be caused by inherited conditions or by lifestyle factors such as diet and alcohol consumption. When these symptoms are present in the peripheral nervous system, it is known medically as peripheral neuropathy. Here’s a look at some of the causes.
Peripheral Neuropathy Cause #1: Excessive Alcohol
Alcohol is enjoyed by people throughout much of the world. It helps us to wind down and have some fun, making it an important part of a night out for many people. As enjoyable as it can be though, alcohol is associated with risks, so it is important to treat it with some caution.
Drink alcohol in excessive amounts and you could develop a wide range of complications. One such complication is peripheral neuropathy, which can also be bought on indirectly if the patient does not consume a balanced diet due to their drinking habits. Excessive alcohol use also increases the chance of forming a dependence, which can destroy lives and cause permanent damage to many organs and systems in the body.