Long-Term Side Effects of Alcohol Abuse


Alcohol abuse and problem drinking result in a number of long-term side effects. Some of these effects are physical, while others have more to do with lifestyle and relationships. Here are just a few of the detrimental effects of problem drinking.

Cognitive Decline

Drinking too much alcohol physically damages the brain. Not only that, but it also leads to deficiencies in key vitamins that play a role in brain function such as vitamin B-12. These factors combined can lead to cognitive decline and decreased brain function.

Liver Damage

Alcohol damages the liver, often resulting in cirrhosis. This condition, which is often lethal, is caused by the large amounts of scar tissue that build up in the liver as a result of chronic problem drinking.

Job Loss

Many people who abuse alcohol are unable to hold a job. This could be because of calling in sick to work too often, showing up drunk to work or even drinking on the job.

Broken Relationships

Alcohol abuse damages relationships with friends, family members, spouses and other loved ones. It is very hard to maintain healthy relationships when alcohol dependency enters the equation.

Legal Trouble

Heavy drinking often leads to problems with the legal system. This could range from being arrested for being drunk in public, to getting pulled over for driving under the influence. It could even be something as serious as facing manslaughter charges for killing someone in a drinking-related accident.


Alcohol impairs nutrient absorption. As a result, alcoholics are often deficient in key vitamins and nutrients. This can lead to a wide range of physical symptoms including muscle cramps, nerve damage, fatigue and dental problems.

These are just a few of the most common side effects of alcohol abuse. There are countless other ways that drinking can negatively impact your life. Seeking treatment for an alcohol addiction can help prevent or reverse many of these effects, helping you lead a normal life again.

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