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Effects of Alcohol and Drug abuse

Updated on August 19, 2016

Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach. The effects of alcohol can last for many hours. Depending on the quantity of alcohol the effects may range from simple to more serious as follows :

  • Loss of social inhibition
  • Speech becomes slurred
  • Impaired vision
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting
  • Uncounsciousness
  • Memory loss

Long term use of alcohol may lead to :

  • Increase risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and liver diseases
  • Depression, anxiety and insomnia
  • Damage to foetus during pregnancy
  • Increased risk of car accidents
  • Coma and death

The effect of drug abuse on a person is very similar to that of alcohol abuse. Among other things , the following effects may become evident :

  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Slurred speech
  • Changes in personality and attitude
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Feelings of fear and anxiety


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