The Truth about Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol kills more teens annually than all other drugs combined. It is a factor in the three leading causes of death in the 15-24 age group in the U.S. accidents, homicides and suicides. Binge drinking and chronic alcohol use are also associated with many health problems.

Short-term effects:

Slurred speech
Distorted vision, hearing and coordination
Impaired judgment
Breathing difficulties
Poor perception and coordination

Long-term effects:

Unintentional injury (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning)
Intentional injury (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence)
Broken relationships
High blood pressure and strokes
Liver disease
Brain and nerve damage
Sexual dysfunction
Gastritis (inflammation of stomach walls)
Cancer of the mouth and throat

All information graciously provided by The Foundation For a Drug Free World.

by josie

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