Sunday, 7 April 2013

Health Effects of Alcohol Abuse

By: Kieran Ali

It's no secret that alcohol consumption can cause major health problems, including cirrhosis of the liver and injuries sustained in automobile accidents. But if you think liver disease and car crashes are the only health risks posed by drinking, think again: Researchers have linked alcohol consumption to more than 60 diseases. 

  • Short Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse:
    Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition of the individual, alcohol can cause:
    • Slurred speech
    • Drowsiness
    • Vomiting 
    • Diarrhea
    • Upset stomach
    • Headaches
    • Breathing difficulties 
    • Distorted vision and hearing 
    • Impaired judgement 
    • Coma
    • Blackouts
Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse
Binge drinking and continued alcohol use in large amounts are associated with many health problems, including:
  • Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning 
  • Intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence
  • Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity 
  • Increased family problems, broken relationships 
  • Alcohol poisoning 
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases 
  • Liver disease 
  • Nerve damage 
  • Sexual problems 

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