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How Alcohol Affects Your Health

Alcohol gives you a temporary ‘high’ however, after the high comes the lows.

Alcohol is actually a depressant, which slows down your reactions and affects your mood. Alcohol also lowers your inhibitions which can lead to risky behaviour such as unprotected sex.

Health impacts of Alcohol

Being intoxicated also puts you at risk of injury because alcohol clouds your judgement and makes you more clumsy. Alcohol also affects you physically. It can lead to short-term impotence or longer term loss of sex drive. It also causes heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver damage, pancreatitis and increases your risk of certain cancers such as mouth, gullet and bowel cancer.

If you’ve been drinking a long time, want to stop and think you have an addiction to alcohol here are a couple of things to consider.

  • Stopping alcohol suddenly can cause a seizure
  • Always seek medical advice if you’re concerned about your health.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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