Of all the harmful consequences that excessive alcohol consumption can have, the health effects are probably the most documented. Scientific investigators continue to find more and more ways that alcohol hurts the body.
Even at recommended "safe" levels of consumption, alcohol can produce negative effects for some drinkers, and it doesn't take much alcohol to reach a harmful level of consumption.
These articles detail the many ways that drinking too much can cause problems in your life, your health, and your relationships.
The Health Effects of Alcohol
There are not many systems in the body that alcohol can't damage, whether you drink excessively on a single occasion or over a period of time.
Alcohol Is the Most Dangerous Drug
When you take into account the harm it does to drinkers, their loved ones, and to society in general, alcohol is ranked as the world's most dangerous drug.
How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
Governmental guidelines recommend that if you are going to drink that you keep it at moderate levels. Exactly how much alcohol is a moderate amount?
Alcohol and Cancer Risks
Hundreds of scientific research studies have linked alcohol consumption with the increased risks of developing certain cancers. Alcohol is a known carcinogen.
Heavy Drinkers Face the Biggest Cancer Risk
Any alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing certain cancers, but heavy and daily drinkers are at the greatest risk.
Early Binge Drinking Linked to Metabolic Syndrome Risks
Binge drinking by teens and young adults is associated with long-term health consequences including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Aging Baby Boomers and Alcohol
If you continue to drink alcohol as you grow older, thinking that you can continue to consume the same amount as you always have, you can put yourself at risk.
Qutting Alcohol Can Reduce Risk of Certain Cancers
Researchers have found that stopping alcohol consumption can significantly reduce the risk of developing head and neck cancers, but it can take decades for the risk to disappear entirely.
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