Binge drinking and continued alcohol use in copious amounts are associated with many health problems. While an occasional glass of wine with dinner isn’t a cause for concern, the cumulative effects of drinking wine, beer, or spirits can take its toll.
|Brain||Behavior Changes- alcohol can change typical behaviors and leave one without the mental clarity to make good judgment.
It can interfere with how their brain makes memories. It is possible to wake up with no recollection of what was done while intoxicated.
Long term exposure to alcohol can shrink the frontal lobes of the brain.
One may become dependent on alcohol if drinking starts to affect their ability to perform well in school, work or affects relationships.
|Lungs||People who drink often have a hard time fighting off bacteria and viruses, and are more susceptible to illnesses like pneumonia and tuberculosis.|
|Liver||Chronic alcohol use can damage the liver and prevent it from properly removing harmful substances from the body.|
|Heart||Chronic drinking is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease.|
|Stomach||Excessive drinking can lead to bloating, gas and ulcers.|
|Reproductive Organs||If pregnant a woman should not drink because it can increase a baby’s risk for several conditions, including fetal alcohol syndrome and issues with mental development.
Over a long period of time excessive drinking may cause infertility (both men and women).
An intoxicated male is more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
|Nutrition||Alcohol is a source of “empty calories,” which means it is calorie dense but does not provide other nutrients, like vitamin and minerals.|