The Effects of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
By Buddy T, About.com Guide
Health Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
Almost every system in the body can be negatively affected by excessive or chronic alcohol consumption. Alcohol can cause cancer, liver disease, heart attacks and brain damage, to name a few. Because many alcoholics also smoke, the health risks are further compounded.
- Health Risks of Drinking
- Alcohol Named the Most Harmful Drug
- Alcohol's Health Effects Email Course
- What Are the Risks of Heavy Drinking?
- What Happens When You Quit Drinking?
- AIDS and Substance Abuse
- Alcohol and Cancer Risk
- Cirrhosis - Alcohol Liver Disease
- Brain Damage and Alcohol
- Diabetes and Alcohol
- Aging and Alcohol
- Hepatitis C
- Nicotine and Alcohol
- Nutrition and Alcohol
- Sex and Alcohol
- Alcohol and Blood Pressure
One of the most unpleasant short-term effects of binge drinking for some people is the hangover. The term hangover refers to a constellation of unpleasant and painful symptoms that can develop after drinking too much alcohol. Those symptoms can range from mild discomfort to very severe symptoms.
Issues for Women
Simply put, alcohol affects women in more negative ways and quicker than it does men, according to a vast amount of scientific research. Even women who drink less than men get more intoxicated, become addicted faster and suffer the consequences of abuse-related illnesses sooner than their male counterparts.
- Why Women Abuse Substances
- Higher Health Risks for Women
- Breast Cancer Risk
- Other Risks for Women
- Domestic Abuse and Violence
- Drinking and the Female Brain
- Women at Greater Heart Disease Risk
- Female Hormones Mediate Alcohol's Effects
- Today's Women More Prone to Alcoholism
- Young Female Drinkers - You're a Target!
- Teen Drinking Ups Risk of Breast Disease
- Cocaine, Heroin Can 'Hijack' Mothers' Value System
- Risks During Pregnancy
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Protect Your Baby's Health
- Frequent Testing Protects Your Child
Health Risks for Teens
Because the brains and bodies of adolescents are still developing, drinking alcohol and using illicit drugs can have serious consequences. Binge drinking and substance abuse can have long-lasting effects that may not be evident until much later in adulthood.
- Alcohol Damages Brain Function
- Drugs Can Prompt Heart Attack Risk
- Smoking Linked to Substance Abuse
- Teens More Vulnerable to Addictions
- Obesity Linked to Teen Drinking
- Early Drinking Linked to Alcoholism
- Drug Use Increases Teen Depression
- Marijuana Affects Learning Skills
- Teen Brains Affected by Pot
The time to prevent alcohol and drug abuse is before it starts -- and these days, that means very early childhood. It is never too early to begin talking to your children about drugs and alcohol. Research has shown that brief conversations and involvement by parents can still have a positive effect on kids, even in today's society.
- Is Your Child Using Drugs or Alcohol?
- Is Your Child Huffing?
- How Will Your Child Drink?
- Tips for Reducing Underage Binge Drinking
- Early Spirituality Deters Alcohol Abuse
- Key Actions to Reduce Student Substance Abuse
- Changing the College Drinking Culture
- 'A Matter of Degree' College Interventions Successful
- College Alcohol Policies Work If Strictly Enforced
- Laws Can Reduce College Binge Drinking
- Emergency Room Ideal for Alcohol Intervention
Almost every state now has laws that require anyone convicted of drunk driving to undergo an evaluation to determine the extent of their alcohol consumption. That is because drunk driving itself is considered a symptom of a drinking problem. Many states now require some kind of alcohol treatment before allowing convicted drunk drivers back on the highways.
- Why You Should Never Drink and Drive
- Impaired, Not Drunk, Driving Is Dangerous Too
- The Penalties and Costs of Drunk Driving
- The Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated
- The Difference Between DUI and DWI?
- State by State Drunk Driving Laws
- Drugged Driving Dangers
- Will Your Drinking Be Evaluated?
- Drugged Driving a Growing Threat
- Do You Need an Attorney?
- Effort Needed to Curtail Drugged Driving
- Is Drunk Driving a Felony?
- What Is a DUI Sentence Enhancement?
- Court Ordered to Go to A.A.?
- Terms Associated With Drunk Driving
- Victims of Drunk Driving
- Minimum Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives
- 2 Drinks Can Slow Reactions
Substance Abuse in the Workplace
Lost productivity, injuries and increased health insurance costs are some of the problems that alcohol and drug abuse cause businesses in the United States, and it's a growing problem. Research shows that most illegal drug users and heavy drinkers hold full-time jobs, and some may be your co-workers.
- Substance Abuse in the Workplace
- Danger in the Workplace: Impaired Employees
- Are Your Co-Workers Stoned?