Alcohol Abuse | Complications


How does alcohol affect my health?

Alcohol has many effects on your health. It can cause cirrhosis, a disease of the liver. It's a major cause of deaths and injuries because of accidents. It can have severe effects on a baby during pregnancy. It can also cause stomach pain due to a bleeding ulcer or irritated stomach lining.

 What other things can alcohol do to my body?

Alcohol can:

  • Make you gain weight
  • Make you feel sick or dizzy
  • Give you bad breath
  • Make you clumsy
  • Slur your speech
  • Make your skin break out
  • Make you feel out of control


Problem Drinking and Alcoholism: Diagnosis and Treatment by MA Enoch, M.D., M.R.C.G.P. and D Goldman, M.D. (American Family Physician February 01, 2002,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00