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?
- 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, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020201/441.html)
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