What are some of the effects of alcohol?
Drinking alcohol can affect people in lots of different ways. As well as the obvious example of making people feel more social, it can also cause a series of both short-term and long-term issues.
Potential short-terms problems include:
- Poor decision-making
- Aggression and violence
- Blurred vision
- Feeling and being sick
It can also affect your health long-term in ways including:
- Brain damage
- Raised blood pressure
- Liver cancer
- Breast cancer
As a depressant, alcohol can also have a negative impact on your mental health. It should never be used to ‘mask’ any feelings, and there are much healthier ways to deal with any challenges you might be facing. Check out our article below for more information on this.
While you might not suffer any of these effects while drinking alcohol, you need to manage the way you use it to try and reduce the risk and long-term side effects. The Health Promotion Agency’s ‘Department of Lost Nights’ campaign video ‘Say Yeah, Nah’ is a striking look at the particular issue of memory loss on a night out.