Drinking too much can increase your risk of developing certain cancers and immune system disorders as well as damage to muscles and bones. Find out more about the effects of alcohol on the aging process.
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Moderate alcohol use may have some health benefits (up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men). Alcohol use in older people may increase your risk of accidents including falls and fractures.
You should not start drinking alcohol or drink it more often for potential health benefits. Potential benefits include lower risk of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Risks include many serious health problems. The benefits of alcohol consumption do not outweigh the risks.
Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure to an unhealthy level. If you have high blood pressure, avoid alcohol or drink it in moderation. Moderate drinking is one drink a day for men and women over 65.
Alcohol consumption can increase your risk of diseases to many different parts of your body including brain, liver, and heart. Drinking small amount of red wine has shown health benefits. If you tend to drink excessively, you should avoid it.
Many people who drink a lot of alcohol on a regular basis become alcohol-dependent. This has a lot of negative impacts on your body. These people may experience withdrawal if they stop drinking. There is support available to help with this.
Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of getting certain types of cancer. Risk of some cancers are even greater for people who drink and smoke. Follow drinking guidelines to help lower your risk (details in this resource).
Alcohol is linked to many different types of cancer. Drinking alcohol regularly increases risk of head and neck, esophageal, liver, breast, or colorectal cancer. The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk. Recommended alcohol limits are no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
Alcohol use disorder involves an unhealthy drinking pattern that impacts your daily functioning and causes distress. This resource provides information on symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, and when to see a doctor.
The harmful use of alcohol resulted in approximately three million deaths worldwide in 2016. Managed alcohol programs are a promising harm-reduction approach for people living with severe alcohol dependence who often experience homelessness or housing instability.
Drinking alcohol puts you at a significantly higher risk of complications post-surgery. Intensive strategies that curb alcohol intake in the period leading up to surgery may improve how well you come out on the other side.
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