Long term effects of alcohol on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)

Are you aware of the mental and physical health implication that are the result of continuous alcohol misuse? You can learn more by exploring this infographic.

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Can alcohol really harm me?


The consumption of daily amounts of alcohol over a prolonged period of time can significantly take its toll on your physical health and damage the organs. Besides directly harming organs, alcohol can also increase the risk of many other heart-related and liver-related diseases, as well as the risk of different cancers.

Long term effects of alcohol on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Bodily effects of long-term alcohol misuse

People who regularly drink too much alcohol are putting their health at risk. Some of the harmful effects may not be apparent immediately and stay hidden until years later. Here is a list of possible alcohol effects on the body as a side-effect of long-term drinking:

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1. Cancer – Alcohol increases the risk of developing many types of cancers, including:

  • bowel cancer
  • breast cancer
  • liver cancer
  • mount cancer
  • oesophagus cancer
  • throat cancer

2. Heart problems – Drinking regularly damages the heart. The condition is called cardiomyopathy or heart muscle damage and can lead to decreased efficiency in pumping blood through the organism. Heart and circulatory system risks, include:

  • arrhythmia
  • constricted blood vessels
  • coronary heart disease
  • heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke

3. Liver damage – It takes about one (1) hour for the liver to break down one (1) unit of alcohol. Overloading the liver by drinking a lot of alcohol can lead to developing a range of alcoholic liver diseases, such as:

  • alcohol-induced cirrhosis
  • fatty liver disease
  • hepatitis

Negative alcohol effects on the body

Of course, there are many other health implication and physical well-being impairments that are the result of continuous alcohol misuse. Check out our infographic to learn more and ask your questions in the comments section below. We also appreciate your feedback and encourage you to Share the infographic.

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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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    1. Hi Linda. Alcohol is detectable for up to 6 hours in blood, about 12-24 hours in breath, urine, and saliva, and up to 90 days in hair.
      Factors such as age, weight, gender, and amount of food eaten can affect how fast the body can process alcohol. The rate of alcohol metabolism cannot be increased by sleeping or drinking water.

  1. Thank you for this information. Are there any online help groups for people who have a drink problem if they can’t always get to meetings?.

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