Does drinking alcohol really cause harm to the body
Many Australians enjoy a drink. In fact, alcohol is Australia’s most widely used social drug. Like all drugs, alcohol can damage your body, especially if you drink heavily every day or in binges. Even small amounts of alcohol are still linked to the development of disease.
Alcohol affects your body in many ways. Some effects are immediate and last only a while; others accumulate over time and may significantly affect your physical and mental health and quality of life.
How much harm alcohol causes your body depends on how much you drink, your pattern of drinking, and even the quality of the alcohol you drink. Your gender, body size and composition, age, drinking experience, genetics, nutritional status, metabolism, and social factors all play a part.
The short-term effects of a single occasion of drinking too much alcohol can include:
falls and accidents
altered behaviour – including risky or violent behaviour
The severity of the short-term effects of alcohol typically depends on how much a person drinks, but other factors such as hydration and food consumption also play a role.