Everyday individuals who indulge in a glass of wine or a beer now and then like to cite the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. There is a big difference, however, between moderate alcohol consumption and very heavy drinking. Studies show that long-term excessive drinking, and even binge-drinking, can have seriously detrimental effects on the functioning of your immune system, and the results are not only devastating, but they can be fatal. 

Immunoglobulins that don’t work correctly, lymphocytes that function poorly, and neutrophils and monocytes that don’t operate as intended can all come together and result in immunodeficiency. The effects alcohol can have on the immune system can alter its functioning and lead to seriously devastating results.

Liver Health

The liver is the organ most known to be damaged as a result of alcohol abuse. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to the body attacking its own tissues and has the potential to be a fatal outcome. Chronic liver disease, or cirrhosis, is cited as a leading cause in death across the United States. In 2012, it was ranked #12. If poor liver health doesn’t lead to fatality, there is a high likelihood that it leads to hepatitis.

Pneumonia & Tuberculosis

Many people don’t know that alcohol has an adverse impact on lung health. Contracting pneumonia is a side effect of alcohol’s damaging effects on the immune system. Studies show that those who are very heavy drinkers have an increased risk of acquiring pneumonia, as much as 83% more than those who are moderate drinkers. Pneumonia has the ability to lead to septicemia, which is an infection that circulates through the bloodstream.

Tuberculosis is a bacterium that also is detrimental to lung health. In studies, those that consume alcohol on a regular or heavy basis have a higher chance of contracting tuberculosis. Additionally, the number of cases of severe tuberculosis in alcohol drinkers is also higher.

Help for Alcohol-Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a common disease that ravages the lives and bodies of so many across this country. It has immense negative health outcomes physically as well as psychologically. Like any disease, alcohol addiction requires treatment to overcome. If you have a problem with alcohol, take the first step and get the help you need to give yourself a chance at living your best life.

The medical detox center program alternative at Discovery Place can help those suffering from alcohol addiction. Our alternative treatment center is located in the beautiful countryside of Tennessee and offers a soothing and serene setting for you to obtain the assistance you need to fight your addiction.

We will help you through each step while you are with us in our Tennessee-based residential treatment alternative program. You will have your own recovery guide and you will learn new coping skills, as well as how to use them. They will be a tool in your arsenal to keep you sober. You can get your health back. We are here to help. Call us anytime at 1-800-725-0922 to learn more about our alternative programs


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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