Alcohol Induced Myopathy

While a night of drinking with friends may sound like a good time, casual drinking can quickly turn into alcoholism.

In 2016, approximately 15 to 20 million people in the United States were suffering from alcohol use disorder.1 At Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago, we know it’s easy to develop a dependency on alcohol if you get carried away with your drinking habits. A variety of health conditions can result from frequent bouts of binge drinking. Alcohol-induced myopathy is a condition commonly found in alcoholics that can be hazardous to a person’s health.

At our Chicago rehab center, we offer different programs to individuals who struggle with alcoholism or drug addiction. We’re aware of the effects of alcohol abuse and strive to help alcoholics recover and get back on their feet.

What is Alcohol Myopathy?

Alcohol-induced myopathy is a condition that affects the muscles. As the name suggests, this condition results from the excessive consumption of alcohol and usually occurs in people with alcoholism. This syndrome can be acute, which usually occurs after a long episode of binge drinking, or chronic, developing as a result of long-term alcohol abuse.1 Alcohol-induced myopathy symptoms can be highly uncomfortable and painful.

Symptoms of alcohol-induced myopathy include:2

  • Muscular atrophy (loss of muscle mass)
  • Muscle weakness or tenderness
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle swelling
  • Cramps
  • Twitches
  • Spasms
  • Dark urine
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Stiffness
  • Cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle)

Alcohol-induced myopathy symptoms can occur after long-term alcohol abuse, which could lead to additional health complications. You may think drinking is fun, but it’s time to reevaluate how often you’re giving in to this habit. The discomfort and pain of alcohol myopathy symptoms may only be the beginning of your worries. As providers of alcohol addiction treatment in Chicago, we have witnessed the effects of alcohol abuse and advise individuals battling with this addiction get help right away.

At Banyan Chicago, we know there are several ways your body can suffer from binge drinking. We understand how easily casual drinking can turn into an addiction to alcohol. If you or a loved one are finding it hard to quit drinking, you should get help right away. As part of our substance abuse treatments in Illinois, we offer various levels of care, including IOP and href="">PHP programs, to help people reach sobriety.

To learn more about our addiction treatments and the process to get started, call us now at 888-280-4763.

Sources & References:

    1. NCBI- Alcoholic Myopathy: Pathophysiologic Mechanisms and Clinical Implications
    2. NEJM- Alcoholic Myopathy

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.