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Physical Damages

Excessive drinking over a period of time affects the vital organs and tissues of the body.

health and fitness Updated: May 29, 2003 19:48 IST

Alcohol has plenty of romantic associations. The gold-and-scarlet glow of liquor advertisements, the fizz of the champagne opened by a victorious sportsman, the toast at a party or the thrill teenagers feel over a secret beer bash – they all make for the feel-good image of alcohol.

Many people drink socially, or occasionally, and are able to stop after a few drinks. It does not interfere with any other aspect of their life. But for some others who drink, things go awry.

Physical damage caused by alcohol

Repeated excessive drinking over a period of time affects the following organs and tissues.

Organ AffectedDamage
HeartUnstable blood pressure, irregular pulse rate
PancreasPainful inflammation
LiverSevere swelling, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis
MusclesWeakness, loss of muscle tissue
StomachGastritis, peptic ulcers, cancer
Nervous SystemTingling and loss of sensation in hands and feet
BrainCell damage resulting in loss of memory, confusion, and hallucination
LungsGreater chance of infections including TB
GenitalsTemporary impotence
SkinFlushing, sweating


First Published: May 28, 2003 21:03 IST