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The Effects of Alcohol and Drug Abuse


Excessive alcohol consumption and the abuse of drugs are just plain dangerous. Alcohol and drug abuse can affect your health and your ability function and think, and women are negatively affected even more than men. Heavy drinkers and drug abusers are not only a danger to themselves, but to others -- on the highways, at home and in the workplace.
  1. Health Effects of Alcohol
  2. Health Effects of Drug Abuse
  3. Effects of Marijuana
  4. Hangovers
  5. Issues for Women
  1. Health Risks for Teens
  2. Prevention Tips
  3. Drunk Driving
  4. Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Health Effects of Alcohol

Hurting Student

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 Effects of Drug Abuse

Pills and Bottle

Abusing illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs can negatively affect your health in many different ways. Even if it's considered "medicine," drugs can have dangerous side-effects if they are not taken as prescribed.

Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana Smoker

Contrary to a growing popular belief, marijuana use is not completely safe and harmless. Smoking marijuana particularly can have negative effects that far outweigh any benefits.


Man With Hangover

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

Depressed Woman

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.

Health Risks for Teens

Worried Teen

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.

Prevention Tips

Teen and Parent

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.

Drunk Driving

Sobriety Checkpoint

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.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Computer Keyboard and Coffee Cup

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.

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