While the effects of alcohol can feel good in the short term, in the long term it can cause problems for our health and wellbeing. Drinking alcohol is linked to a range of mental health issues like depression and memory loss; and can cause damage to your heart, liver, and increase risk of cancer. It can also impact judgment and reaction time.
Health and safety impacts of AUD: What to know
When alcohol is consumed on its own or combined with other substances, safety can become an issue because judgment and decision making are impaired. This can lead to accidents and injuries.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over a long period of time can have very serious impacts for health and overall wellbeing. This can include:
- High blood pressure and heart disease
- Liver disease
- Alcohol use disorder
- Problems with relationships with family and friends
- Difficulty maintaining a job
- Memory issues and dementia
- Depression and anxiety
These risks can be reduced by cutting back or stopping drinking.