What health issues are caused by alcohol?

Drinking alcohol can be harmful to your health. There are hundreds of hospital visits each year in Guelph and Wellington County due to alcohol use.

In the short term, alcohol can impair your memory, motor skills and vision. This can lead to injury. It can cause short-term depression and anxiety. Drinking too much can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol is well known for causing liver cirrhosis, but did you know that it also causes many other diseases? In the long term, drinking alcohol can cause brain damage, nervous system degeneration, stroke, epilepsy and mental health issues. It can also lead to heart arrhythmias and hypertension. Drinking alcohol can lead to pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, gastritis and liver disease. Drinking even one drink a day increases your risk of developing cancer. Some people who drink alcohol become addicted to alcohol and have a very difficult time stopping drinking despite its negative consequences in their lives.

Children of women who drink alcohol while pregnant are at risk of developing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). There is no known safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy.

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