Conditions InDepth: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Brain chemicals that may be different
- Social pressure
- Emotional stress
- Depression and other mental health problems
- Problem drinking behaviors learned from family and friends
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- Accidents and injury, including motor vehicle accidents and falls
- Violence, murder, and suicide
- Domestic violence
- Family problems
- Failed relationships
- Lost jobs
- Problems with the law, including drunk driving
- Drug interactions
- Certain cancers, especially cancer of the liver, esophagus, throat, larynx, and pancreas
- Gastrointestinal problems (such as bleeding, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus)
- Nerve damage
- Sexual disorders, including impotence
- Reproductive problems
- Postoperative complications (such as infections, bleeding, and delayed healing)
- Other addictions
- Neurological problems and brain damage (in long-term use)
- Liver damage, including cirrhosis
- Heart and circulatory problems
- High blood pressure
- Pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Hormonal problems in both sexes
- Fetal alcohol syndrome (in the babies of women who drank during pregnancy)
- Disorders of the immune system and increased risk of infection
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- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -
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