Alcohol and the Body

these are the effects of alcohol on the body.

Long Term Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Alcohol and the Brain

Alcohol disrupts how the brain works. It messes with the brain’s communication pathways, which can make it hard to think clearly and communicate, usually only for a short period of time. However the effects of prolonged heavy usage can be:

-damaged brain function

-poor judgement

-brain shrinkage

-physical dependence

-seizures

-dementia

-strokes

-insomnia

-depression


Long term usage could lead to long term damage.

Alcohol and the Heart

Alcohol causes great damage to the heart over time. Some possible effects to prolonged alcohol use consist of:

-cardiomyopathy, which is the stretching and drooping of the heart muscle.

-stroke

-high blood pressure

-heart disease

-heart attack

-heart failure.

Alcohol and the Liver

Heavy drinking, or frequent drinking, takes a big toll on the liver. Possible effects include:

-fatty liver

-cirrhosis

-alcohol hepatitis

-liver disease

-liver failure

Some short term effects of alcohol on the body consist of:

-slurred speech

-drowsiness

-vomiting

-headaches

-distorted vision

-blackouts

-poor judgement

-difficulty walking

-breathing difficulties

-lower inhibitions

-emotional changes

-sleep disruption

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