THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK
Alcohol Abuse and what it can do to your body
Do you have a drinking problem? Ask yourself these questions. If the answer is yes to any of these, you might want to seek help.
- Are you ashamed of how much you drink?
- Are you lying to others about when you drink?
- Do you need to drink in order to help you relax?
- Do you regularly drink more than what you had intended to drink?
- Are any of your friends or family members worried about how much you drink?
What alcohol can do to your body
- Liver inflammation, which will lead to liver failure
- Raises the risk for breast cancer
- Inflammation of the pancreas, which can lead to pancreatic cancer
- Stretching and drooping of the heart muscles
- Weakens the immune system causing the body to be a target for infectious diseases
- Serious mental health issues can occur
- High Blood Pressure
- Bones can become weak and brittle
- Lung infections
- Makes it harder for the intestines to absorb important nutrients
What you can do if help and support is needed
Eliminate stressors in your life
Realize the risks associated with alcoholism
Help in the early stages:
Maintaing alertness for early signs of the abuse
Monitoring alcohol intake on regular doctor checkups
Help after excessive use over a long period of time:
Alcohol anonymous meetings