Alcohol abuse is when someone drinks too much alcohol such that it harms their body. The amount of alcohol required depends upon the size of the person, but typically this is more than 21 units of alcohol per week for males, and 14 units of alcohol per week for females. Other definitions of alcohol abuse include if a person drinks routinely on more than 5 days of the week. Alcohol abuse damages your body. The most well recognized effect of alcohol abuse is liver damage, leading in severe cases to liver cirrhosis. But alcohol abuse can damage many areas of your body. Brain damage such as dementia and severe memory loss can occur from alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse increases the chances of heart attacks , increases the chances of occurrence of many cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract, including stomach cancer, and can damage the pancreas and the body’s nervous system. Alcohol abuse is also a major cause of relationship problem and marriage breakdown and alcohol abuse is associated with increases in crime, violence and unemployment.
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