Why You Shouldn't Drink

by Jackie Strejc

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Skin Effects

Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including the skin – your body's largest organ.

Drinking too much is also thought to deprive the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients. Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin.

Rosacea, facial disfigurement, and eventually yellow skin from liver failure.

Effects Organs:

Heart: Excessive alcohol consumption begins to weaken the heart muscle resulting in blood flow irregularities

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Brain: Slows the relay of information between neurotransmitters,

Damage to the brain’s neurotransmitters can result in behavioral and mood changes such as depression, anxiety, memory loss, and seizures,

Liver: There are over two million people in the U.S. who suffer from liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption

Pancreas: Buildup of enzymes in the pancreas will eventually cause pancreatitis which slowly deteriorates the pancreas, leading to diabetes and even death.

Kidneys: The effect alcohol has on the liver can also spread to the kidneys,

alcohol consumption can also lead to high blood pressure, the second leading cause of kidney failure.

Increase Your Chances of Cancer

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

deaths per year

Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States

alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities)

And 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths