The aim of Alcohol Awareness month is to get people thinking about alcohol and how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. This year theme is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunity for Recovery
The effects of alcohol can be influenced by a number of risk factors such as the amount consumed, individual’s medical history, tolerance to alcohol, as well as other drugs – legal or illegal – mixed with alcohol.
Excessive alcohol use may contribute to many personal, social and family problems, as well as financial and legal problems. There are various short- and long-term side effects associated with drinking excessively. The symptoms you may experience often depend on the amount of alcohol consumed. For example, lower to moderate consumption amounts typically involve less severe effects than drinking greater quantities.
Several short-term side effects of alcohol abuse include:
While some people may experience multiple side effects, others may face fewer complications. Unfortunately, the effects of heavy drinking affects more than the person struggling with alcohol abuse – it affects the people around them.
In addition to the short-term, visible side effects of alcoholism, there are also long-term effects. Individuals who consume alcohol over a prolonged period are more at risk of developing these complications. Symptoms gradually surface over the course of months and years.
The long-term side effects associated with heavy drinking are: