What are the Effects of Alcohol on the Human Body?
We've all seen how people act when they’ve had too much to drink. Their speech slurs, they lose their inhibitions, their coordination fails, and they often say or do things they later regret.
Though these short-term effects can be embarrassing or socially awkward, the long-term effects can be devastating.
- Alcohol attacks virtually every major organ of the body, such as the heart, liver and brain.
- Alcoholics often suffer irreversible liver damage, including life-threatening conditions such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, and alcoholic hepatitis.
- Alcohol raises blood pressure, damages the heart and causes problems in the gastro-intestinal system, such as cancers of the throat and stomach, and stomach ulcers.
- Alcohol causes men to become sexually impotent, and is a risk factor for breast cancer in women.
- Pregnant women who drink alcohol risk giving birth to babies with deformities and mental disabilities.
As the disease of alcoholism runs its course, the alcoholic often develops problems at work or school. Relationships with family and friends deteriorate, and stopping becomes impossible, even as the disease causes more (and more severe) social, financial and career damage.
Alcoholism costs society as a whole, too. Lost productivity, increased crime and increased medical expenses run into the billions of dollars each year. Children of alcoholics do not get the attention and love they need from their parents, and are more susceptible to mental and substance abuse problems as well as child abuse.
Alcoholism is a widespread problem — one in every 13 Americans abuses alcohol and needs professional care — but it is also a treatable problem.
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