Liquor and Alcohol : By Chantell Turner

The effect of drinking too much

Risk for many kinds of cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box) and esophagus.
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. 90,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes, placing it in third place on a list of preventable causes of death in the US. A less commonly known outcome from prolonged alcohol consumption is the increased incidence of a variety of cancers (with risk being heightened even more who smoke in conjunction with drinking).

Why do people do it

The alcoholic is frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. Most alcoholics can't just "use a little willpower" to stop drinking.
  • The increase in blood pressure and heart rate associated with even moderate drinking over time can lead to an enlarged, underperforming heart (alcoholic cardiomyopathy).Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

Questions people ask about alcohol.

Why do people drink alcohol ? How is it bad for the body and brain? Will you die if you can't stop drinking it ?
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