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The Health Effects of Alcohol

Excessive drinking can cause a variety of health problems. This index explores a wide range of the health effects of alcohol from fetal alcohol syndrome to alcholism in the elderly.
  1. Withdrawal Symptoms
  2. College Drinking
  3. Alcohol Liver Disease (37)
  4. Brain Damage and Alcohol (57)
  5. Alcohol and Cancer Risk (23)
  6. AIDS and Substance Abuse (11)
  7. Diabetes and Alcohol (6)
  8. Nutrition and Alcohol (10)
  9. Nicotine and Alcohol (20)
  10. Sex and Alcohol (5)
  11. Elderly and Alcohol (18)

Alcohol's Health Effects
Almost every system in the body can be negatively affected by alcohol. This email course explains how even moderate drinking can affect your health, and the damage that can be caused by long-term and/or heavy drinking.

Has Your Health Been Affected by Alcohol?
Excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time can begin to affect almost every system in the body, especially the liver, brain and digestive track.

Health Risks for Women
Women who abuse alcohol, or even occassionally drink to excess, face greater risks to their health than their male counterparts.

More Serious Ailments?
There is growing evidence that some alcoholics face issues perhaps even more serious than staying sober.

Alcohol Third Leading Cause of Disease, Injury
Alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of disease and injury worldwide, trailing only high blood pressure and smoking tobacco as a threat to your health.

Undiagnosed - Ignoring the Symptoms
Nine out of ten primary care physicians fail to correctly diagnose alcohol abuse even when their patients present classic early symptoms.

Heavy Drinking Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Deaths
Researchers have definitively linked drinking three or more glasses of liquor a day to an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Heavy Drinking Increases Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
Heavy alcohol consumption and binge drinking increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke.

Moderate Drinking Linked to Atrial Fibrillation
Research has found that even moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation in people who already have heart disease.

Alcohol and Blood Pressure
Even modest amounts of alcohol consumption can cause blood pressure to increase, especially in older adults, according to two recent studies conducted in Japan.

Moderate Drinking Linked to Higher Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, it may be wise not to drink alcohol at all, even in moderate amounts. Drinking alcohol within the recommended guidelines for moderate drinking may increase blood pressure more than previously believed.

Alcohol and Pain
The use of alcohol to depress the effects of pain is as old as the frementation process itself. Alcohol is believed to be one of the oldest used drug in the world.

Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy
Some experts say moderate drinking during pregnancy is okay, but there are others who believe taking even one drink is like playing Russian Roulette with your baby's health.

Images of Brain Damage
Innovations in imaging technology have helped alcohol researchers study how alcohol damages internal organs, such as the brain and the liver.

Drinking Your Health?
A British study finds even moderate drinking may be detrimental to life expectancy, contrary to studies showing moderate drinking may be helpful.

Weakening Your Body's Defenses
Chronic drinkers may appear to be healthy, but if they do become ill or injured, they may find it more difficult to heal.

Higher Alcohol Intake Increases Atrial Fibrillation
A study from Denmark suggests alcohol consumption may increase men's risk of developing atrial fibrillation - an irregular heartbeat.

American Indian Drinking Prompts Health Problems
Alcohol abuse and dependence among American Indians can lead to a multitude of medical problems including sprains and strains, hearing and vision problems, kidney and bladder problems, head injuries, pneumonia/tuberculosis, dental problems, liver problems and pancreatitis.

What You Don't Know Can Harm You
Did you know that even moderate drinking, under certain circumstances, is not risk free? And that if you drink at more than moderate levels, you may be putting yourself at risk for serious problems with your health and problems with family, friends, and coworkers?

'Hazardous' Drinking Increases Health Risks
People who are not dependent on alcohol, but who practice hazardous drinking and drug use, face serious health problems much like those who are alcoholics and addicts.

Heavy Drinking Can Contribute to Bone Disease
Chronic and heavy drinking can inhibit the formation of new bone cells called osteoblast decreasing bone formation and leading to low bone mass, according to research at the Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Alcoholics Risk Infection After Heart Surgery
Researchers find that long-term alcoholics are four times more likely to develop postoperative infections following elective cardiac surgery than nonalcoholic patients.

Alcohol Can Upset Body's 'Biological Clock'
The body has more than 100 circadian rhythms that are unique and influence various aspects of body functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, hormone levels, pain threshold and even the ability to fight disease. Drinking alcohol can have negative consequences on these biological rhythms, research reveals.

Drinking Alcohol Associated with Obesity
The body mass index of individuals who drink alcohol may be related to how much, and how often, they drink, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Alcohol Can Cause Irregular Heart Beat
Alcohol consumption may slightly increase the risk for developing a certain type of irregular heart beat, known as atrial fibrillation, or atrial flutter, according to a Danish study.

Alcohol Can Act as a 'Blood Thinner'
Researchers have confirmed that drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can affect blood coagulation -- acting as a "blood thinner" -- which can have both positive and negative health effects.

Alcohol and the Liver
Alcohol-induced liver disease is a major cause of illness and death in the United States, sometimes it is reversible, others not.

Alcohol and Tobacco
Extensive research supports the observation that smokers drink and drinkers smoke and the heaviest alcohol consumers are also the heaviest consumers of tobacco.

Alcohol and Stress
Studying the link between alcohol consumption and stress may further our understanding of drinking behavior.

Alcohol Abuse vs. Dependence
What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence?

Chronic Drinking Increases Stress Harmone
Researchers find that long-term chronic drinking produces an increase in cortisol both during intoxication and withdrawal which can have health implications for sleep disruption, cognitive deficits, diabetes, and mood disturbances.

Chocolate and Craving
For years people have claimed to be addicted to chocolate and now there is new scientific evidence that indicates the addictive qualities of the tasty treat.

Genetics & Alcohol Liver Disease
New research shows that genetic factors may determine those at increased risk of developing liver disease.

Moonshine Still Causes Health Problems
Moonshine continues to thrive and according to a physician at the University of Virginia Health System, it can cause serious health problems in those who abuse it.

Other Problems Accompany Substance Abuse
Results of two new studies show that people with substance abuse disorders often have accompanying medical or psychiatric conditions and treatment programs should include medical screening.

SAMe and Liver Disease
The supplement SAMe, which has been promoted as a treatment for arthritis and depression, may now offer some hope for those who suffer from chronic liver disease.

Wine Health Labels Questioned
The U.S. Surgeon General has testified that labels on wine bottles about the health effects of wine would probably lead to irresponsible drinking.

Sleep Problems in Recovering Alcoholics
Alcoholics can continue to have sleep problems for many months after they quit drinking, problems with sleep onset may be more pronounced than with sleep maintenance, and many alcoholics had sleep problems that predated the onset of alcohol dependence.

Alcohol May Harm Thyroid Function in Mother, Fetus
Alcohol consumption changes thyroid function and reduces the levels of thyroid hormone in both the mother and fetus, suggesting links between thyroid function and alcohol-related birth defects.

Many Americans Use Prayer for Health Concerns
An estimated one-third of adults use prayer, in addition to conventional medical care and complementary and alternative therapies, for health concerns, according to Harvard Medical School Research.

Tobacco and Alcohol
Extensive research shows the heaviest alcohol consumers are also the heaviest consumers of tobacco.

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