As a result of consuming alcohol there are some serious effects. Some are immediate (short term) others are long term.

The Long Term

Long term effects of consuming alcohol include:

  • increased likelihood of developing  serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, chronic pancreatitis, alcoholic liver disease, and cancer
  • damage to the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system
  • damage to a developing young brain (the brain is still in development up to the age of about 23. Drinking alcohol disrupts this development.)
  • possible damage to every organ in the body
  • involvement in violence and crime with severe legal consequences (no one wants to end up in a cell, do they?)
  • painful long term injuries
  • weight gain
  • insomnia (not being able to sleep)
  • major depression
  • loss of friends and relationships
  • damage to reproductive organs
  • work and school problems
  • money and legal problems
  • involvement in car accidents
  • alcohol dependence
  • poor die
  • skin problems

The Short Term

Short term effects of consuming alcohol include:

The Hangover

  • bad coordination
  • relaxation
  • saying things you wouldn’t usually say
  • sleep deprivation and fatigue (*yawn*)
  • euphoria (really, really happy 😀 )
  • unconsciousness
  • decreased heart rate
  • vomiting (blah!)
  • nausea
  • confusion
  • impaired memory
  • blurred vision (what’s that say, I can’t see)
  • slurred speaking
  • passing out
  • sedation
  • hangovers (the morning-after sickness)
  • dehydration
  • loss of inhibitions which can lead to unwanted sex or other regrettable actions


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