Health Problems and Risks of Alcohol Abuse:
•HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Heavy drinking raises the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers, accidents, violence, suicides, birth defects and overall mortality.
•HARMFUL DRUG INTERACTION: More than 150 medications interact harmfully with alcohol.
•DANGERS HIGHER FOR WOMEN: Women metabolize alcohol differently from men, meaning a woman can suffer more negative effects if she drinks as much as a man of similar height and weight.
•FETAL ALCOHOL SYMDROME: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a lifelong yet completely preventable set of physical, mental and neurobehavioral birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. FAS is the leading known cause of mental retardation and birth defects.
•CANCER: Long-term heavy drinking increases the risk of certain forms of cancer, especially cancer of the esophagus, mouth, throat, and larynx (voice box). Research suggests that, in some women, as little as one drink per day can slightly raise the risk of breast cancer. Drinking may also increase the risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum.
•PANCREATITIS: The pancreas helps regulate the body’s blood sugar levels by producing insulin. The pancreas also has a role in digesting the food we eat. Long-term heavy drinking can lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis can cause severe abdominal pain and can be fatal. Chronic pancreatitis is associated with chronic pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.
There are many more … these are just a few.
If you or someone you know has been drinking heavily, there is a risk of developing serious health problems. Because some of these health problems can be treated, it is important to seek treatment.