Health Risks of Chronic Heavy Drinking

Heavy alcohol consumption can cause many health problems.
Heavy alcohol drinking can cause abnormally low red blood cell levels, known as anemia.
Habitual alcohol drinking can cause many types of cancer.
Heavy alcohol drinking can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Alcohol is toxic to liver cells and heavy drinkers can develop cirrhosis.
Heavy alcohol drinking can accelerate brain shrinkage, resulting in memory loss and dementia.
Heavy alcohol consumption often goes hand in hand with depression.
Heavy alcohol drinking can cause epilepsy and seizures.
Alcohol can aggravate existing cases of gout.
Heavy drinking can cause high blood pressure.
Heavy alcohol drinking can suppress the immune system, leading to a variety of infectious diseases.
Alcoholic neuropathy is a form of nerve damage caused by heavy alcohol consumption.
Heavy alcohol drinking can inflame the pancreas, resulting in chronic pancreatitis.
Be aware of the health problems associated with chronic heavy drinking.

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