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Impact of Alcohol

Alcoholics who do not stop drinking reduce life expectancy by 10 to 15 years.

Too much alcohol can destroy brain cells, possibly leading to brain damage.

Alcohol greatly disturbs the structure and function of the central nervous system, hindering the ability to retrieve, consolidate, and process information.

Moderate consumption of alcohol can affect cognitive abilities while large amounts interfere with the oxygen supply of the brain causing a blackout when totally drunk.

Even modest amounts of alcohol consumption can cause blood pressure to increase, according to two recent studies conducted in Japan.

Alcohol addiction may also inflame the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, and could cause cancer in these areas, especially in drinkers who also smoke.

Splurge drinking may produce irregular heartbeats, and abusers experience a higher risk of high-blood pressure, heart attacks, and other heart damage.

Alcohol also can harm vision, damage sexual function, slow circulation, be the grounds for malnutrition, and water retention.

It can also lead to skin and pancreatic disorders, weaken the bones and muscles thus, decreasing immunity

Nine out of ten primary care physicians fail to correctly diagnose alcohol abuse even when their patients present classic early symptoms.

A study from Denmark suggests alcohol consumption may increase men's risk of developing atrial fibrillation - an irregular heartbeat.

Researchers find that long-term alcoholics are four times more likely to develop postoperative infections following elective cardiac surgery than non-alcoholic patients.

The above is a partial list of effects of alcohol on major organs, but alcohol actually affects virtually every part of your body negatively. The more alcohol volume often, and long a person drinks determines how bad their final outcome will be.

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