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The Health Consequences of Chronic Alcoholism

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Chronic heavy alcohol use devastates the body, sparing few organs or bodily systems.

Some of the health deficits/diseases associated with chronic alcoholism include:

  • Heart disease
  • Gastritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • An increased incidence rate for a host of cancers, including esophageal, stomach, liver, lung and mouth cancers
  • Wernicke Korsakoff Syndrome (Wet Brain)
  • Cognitive declines
  • Anemia
  • Sexual Deficits
  • Weight gain (and diabetes)
  • Infertility
  • An increased risk of/worsening of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder and others
  • Many more

Women, unfairly, seem more severely harmed by the chronic abuse of alcohol, being more prone to alcohol caused liver, heart, kidney and brain damage than men, as well as at an increased risk of certain alcohol related cancers.

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