Alcohol’s Effects

When we drink alcohol, alcohol is absorbed into our bloodstream, and distributed through out our body. Although consuming moderate amount of alcohol has good effects, drinking alcohol causes several changes that harm to our body in both emotional and physical.



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Effects of Binge drinking and continued alcohol consumption.


  • Brain
    • Damage to Cerebellum : Loss of balancing, stumbling. affect cognitive function. ( Memory & emotional response)
    • Damage to Limbic System : affects monitoring several tasks including memory and emotion
    • Damage to Cerebral Cortex: Damage to ability to solve problems, remember, and learn



  • Heart
    • Alcohol Cordiomyopathy: Weakens the heart muscle. it causes blood flow shortage and it causes damage to other organs and tissues
    • Arrgythmias: Abnormal heart bit rate
      • Atrial Fibrillation: blood collect and clot in upper chamber. it occurs blood vessel blockage
      • Ventricular Tachycardia: high rate of heart beats. it causes dizziness, lightheadedness, unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, and sudden death.
    • Strokes: Blood cannot reach to brain. it causes hemorrhagic strokes
    • Hypertension: High blood pressure



  • Liver
    • Steatosis: building up fat in liver. This fat makes liver operate harder.
    • Alcoholic hepatitis
    • Fibrosis : Scar tissue
  • Pancrease
    • Pancreatitis: pancrease inflammation it causes abnormal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, rapid heart rate, diarrhea, sweating



  • Cancer (Mouth, Esophagus, Throat, Liver, Breast)
  • Immune system: reduces the ability of white blood cells
  • Unintentional injuries (car crash, falls, burns, drowning)
  • Intentional injuries (firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence)

Beneficial effects

Drinking moderate amount of alcohol is good for lowering the risk of coronary heart disease.

Drinking moderate amount of alcohol is good for reducing the fat that build up in the arteries.


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