People often wonder, “Can drinking really hurt me?” The answer is “YES!” Regular drinking over prolonged periods of time can take a real toll on overall physical health and damage the body’s organs. Alcohol can also increase the risk of many heart-related and liver-related diseases, as well as the risk of many kinds of cancer.

Effects on the Body

One of the deceptions of alcohol use is that fact that many of the harmful effects may not be appear immediately, but remain hidden until years later.

1. Cancer – Alcohol increases the risk of developing many types of cancers, including:

  • bowel cancer
  • breast cancer
  • liver cancer
  • mount cancer
  • oesophagus cancer
  • throat cancer

2. Heart problems – Drinking regularly damages the heart. The condition is called cardiomyopathy or heart muscle damage and can lead to decreased efficiency in pumping blood through the organism. Heart and circulatory system risks, include:

  • arrhythmia
  • constricted blood vessels
  • coronary heart disease
  • heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke

3. Liver damage – It takes about one (1) hour for the liver to break down one (1) unit of alcohol. Overloading the liver by drinking a lot of alcohol can lead to developing a range of alcoholic liver diseases, such as:

  • alcohol-induced cirrhosis
  • fatty liver disease
  • hepatitis

Of course, there are many other negative implications for physical health and well-being. Check out the infographic to learn more—

An infographic from the team at Addiction Blog

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