Drug Awareness Month: Alcohol Abuse

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Alcohol is a drug and its abuse has chronic effects on the body, leading to problems such as high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, sexual difficulties like impotence, and damage to the nervous system, causing brain wasting. Alcohol abuse can also have devastating effects on the family, job performance, society and public safety.

Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

Dependency, permanent damage to vital organs, premature mental aging, metabolic abnormalities .

  • Mind & Behavior: Excitability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, possible violent behavior, memory lapses, mental incapability, paranoia, auditory hallucinations, dementia.
  • Central Nervous System: Depressed activity.
  • Heart & Blood: Risk of anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease.
  • Brain: Risk of stroke, permanent brain damage.
  • Lungs: Progressively depressed respiration with increased consumption.
  • Liver: Risk of alcohol hepatitis, cirrhosis, disrupted glucose production.
  • Stomach: Risk of ulcer and gastritis.
  • Muscles: Muscle wasting due to vitamin and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Sexual Organs: Possible impotence.
  • Fetus: Deformity, lower birth weight, mental retardation, verbal and hearing defects, risk of spontaneous abortion, fetal alcohol syndrome.

Click here to read more from the National Council on Drug Abuse.

Find tips to help you cut down on or completely stop excessive drinking here.