The effects of drugs and alcohol
(Personal heath/safety)

What is the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on your heath?
Alcohol goes directly into the bloodstream, physically affecting the whole body. Some illnesses and health problems caused by alcohol include:
Hangovers- which consist of headaches, nausea, vomiting, aches and pains in result from drinking too much. Drinking to the point of drunkenness makes you sick.
Weight gain- Alcohol is not water. A beer has about 150 "empty" calories that provide few if any nutrients.
High blood pressure- Along with being overweight, high blood pressure is associated with many serious health problems.
Depressed immune system- Impaired immunity makes you more likely to contract viral illnesses such as flu and infections.
Cancer- 2-4% of all cancer cases are related to alcohol. Upper digestive tract cancers are the most common, hitting the esophagus, mouth, larynx, and pharynx. Women who drink prior to menopause are more likely to develop breast cancer. Your risk of skin cancer doubles if you drink slightly more than "moderate levels." Some studies implicate alcohol in colon, stomach, pancreas and lung cancer, and of course alcohol can have a significant impact on ones liver.
Liver disease- Heavy drinking can cause fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis and cancer of the liver. The liver breaks down alcohol at the rate of only one drink per hour.
Alcohol poisoning- Drinking large amounts can result in alcohol poisoning, which causes unconsciousness and even death. Breathing slows, and the skin becomes cold and may look blue. Don't let a person in this condition "sleep it off." Call 911.
Heart or respiratory failure- Excessive drinking can have serious results. Heart or respiratory failure often means death.
Other long-term effects of heavy alcohol use include loss of appetite, vitamin deficiencies, stomach ailments, sexual impotence, central nervous system damage, and memory loss.
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