Consequences of Alcohol: Long Term

Responsible Service of AlcoholAustralians are putting themselves at risk every day when they consume alcohol. Similar to any drug, alcohol affects people who consume it differently; therefore, the long-term effects also vary from person to person with no way to determine what could happen when it is consumed.

When you misuse alcohol, get in to binge drinking, consume in excess and/or drink drive, you are increasing your chances significantly of causing damage to body organs (such as liver, heart or pancreas) which can be permanent and long term.

Not only can the long-term effects of alcohol be physical but they can also be emotional and/or social. The long-term effects of alcohol include:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

  • Cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, bowel (in men) and breast

  • A range of diseases affecting the heart and blood

  • Stroke

  • Problems with the nerves of the arms and legs

  • Brain injury

  • Alcohol dependence

  • Harm to the unborn baby

  • Poor diet

  • Stomach problems

  • Frequent infections

  • Skin issues

  • Reproduction issues, such as sexual impotence and a reduction in fertility

  • Unable to concentrate

  • Depression

  • Family and relationship problems

  • Poor work performance

  • Legal and financial difficulties

If you consume alcohol on a regular basis, binge drink, consume alcohol in excess or drink drive, consider the consequences that you are putting yourself at risk. The long-term consequences are just that, forever, you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Drink responsibly and within moderation to minimise your risk of the long-term consequences.