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The Negative Effects of Alcohol


Alcoholism is a condition that is affecting people all around the world today. It can be inherited by drinking too much, or the environment the person is around, and gives them a negative attribute of relying on alcohol. Some effects of Alcoholism are health problems, trouble with the law, and pregnancy problems.

Health Problems

Abusing alcohol can have many long-term and irreversible effects on the body. One effect is raising the chance you will get cancer, disease, or heart attack/stroke. Another effect is brain damage, which can lead to memory loss. It can irritate your stomach and small intestine, causing vomiting. One disease is cirrhosis of the liver, which causes healthy liver cells to become scar tissue. Drinking too much alcohol can even lead to death.

Trouble with the Law

Under the influence of alcohol, your judgement is impaired. This greatly affects reaction time and driving while drunk. If you are a drunk driver, your vision is blurred and reaction time slowed, so you are more likely to get into an accident. This can cause serious trouble with the law, if you are lucky enough to survive. You can also get into big trouble while drinking underage (Under the age of 21), which is against the law.

Pregnancy Problems

Drinking while pregnant is the greatest cause of birth defects. The baby might develop Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or other birth defects such as slow development, facial deformities, and many problems in school and such while growing up.

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Daniel Bouzolin, 6C ODD