Key Alcohol Related Issues
Potential effects of short-term heavy drinking
Even drinking to excess occasionally can have serious consequences. It impairs your judgment and can increase the likelihood of participating in risky behaviors that could result in injuries, accidents, unsafe sex, being a victim of a crime or getting into trouble with the police. Drinking very large amounts in one session can lead to acute alcohol poisoning, which in turn can result in unconsciousness, a coma, or even death.
Potential effects of regular heavy drinking
Heavy drinking on a regular basis may increase the risk of serious health problems including alcohol dependence, sometimes called alcoholism; mood changes; pancreatic problems; liver cirrhosis; some cancers and many other types of physical and emotional health problems that have been well documented. In extreme cases, heavy drinking can result in alcohol poisoning, coma, brain damage and death.
Excessive drinking can disrupt normal sleeping patterns, resulting in insomnia and a lack of restful sleep, which can contribute to stress and anxiety.
Stop drinking if you start to feel drunk. Symptoms of intoxication include feeling a loss of control over your thoughts, blurry vision, slurred speech, and difficulty with maintaining your balance.