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Long ? term effects

One may become physically addicted and psychologically dependent on alcohol.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 12, 2003 22:16 IST
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Regular excessive drinking over a period of time proves disastrous, impairing both the length and the quality of life. It damages both body and mind.

Physical damage leads to diseases like gastritis, ulcers, cardiomyopathy, polyneruritis, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, etc. This is because the important organs of the body like the heart, liver and brain are affected.

As one continues to drink excessively, one’s tolerance for alcohol increases, that is, one is required to take more and more to experience the same effect.

One may gradually become physically addicted to and psychologically dependent on alcohol. Roughly two out of every ten people who drink end up as alcoholics. And nobody is immune – it can happen to anybody – you, him, her or me. One thing is certain – the more often you drink, the greater are your risks.

Many people don’t realise it is a powerful drug. They simply drink before they think and end up getting hooked on to it.

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Jun 12, 2003 22:16 IST