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The Negative Effects of Alcohol

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that causes emotional and physical dependence on alcohol. These dependencies effect the body short tem term and long term and cause problems for the individual's family. Read below to find out more information.

Short Term Effects

Short term effects of abusing alcohol can cause slowed nerve activity in parts of the brain that control how a person feels and reacts. The infividual may have trouble talking and walking due to a loss of muscle control. Alcohol may cause blurred vision and a hangover in which a person experiences nausea, vomiting, physical weakness, headache, rapid heart rate, nervousness and inability to concentrate

Long Term Effects

Long Term Effects of abusing alcohol can cause several health problems. Alcohol abuse increases an individual's risk of develping cancer of the throat, esophagus, and liver. Alcohol causes Cirrhosis of the liver by destroying healthy tissue and replacing it with scar tissue. Alcohol destroys brain cells and impairs memory. Over time, it will weaken the heart muscles and put a drinker at risk for a stroke or heart attack.

Effects on the Family

Alcohol not only effects the body, but also the individual's family. Children run a high risk of becoming an alcoholic when one or both parents are alcoholics. Alcohol can lead to increased arguments which cause emotional and physical abuse on the family. It can interfere with an individual's ability to work and pay bills.

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