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What Alcohol Can Do To Your Health

22 November 2011

Over ten million adults in England alone are drinking above the recommended daily limits, and alcohol related hospital admissions topped the one million mark for the first time in 2009/10.

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According to Government figures, around a third of men and a fifth of women are now drinking at levels which are harmful to their health. This does not mean getting drunk once a week, just regularly drinking more than what is regarded as low risk.

Harmful Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol can cause a wide range of physical damage and can cause psychological harm. Regular over-drinking can significantly increase the risk of alcohol-related harm - and the more you drink the greater the risk.

The health risks of excess alcohol include:

  • Weight problems,
  • Stomach upsets,
  • Headaches,
  • Anxiety,
  • stress,
  • depression,
  • poor concentration,
  • difficulty in sleeping,
  • raised blood pressure.

More serious effects include:

  • Accidents and injuries,
  • Liver disease,
  • Cancers,
  • Strokes,
  • memory loss,
  • sexual difficulties.

Click on the topics below for more information:

  • High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Alcohol Poisoning
  • Weight Gain
  • Sleep Problems