Alcohol and your health
Contrary to what many people believe, alcohol is not a stimulant. It is a depressant. This is why drinking too much often leads to impaired judgement, slurring of the speech, a tendency to violent behaviour and loss of short-term memory.
As alcohol also irritates the stomach, heavy drinking can cause sickness and nausea, and sometimes diarrhoea. Alcohol also has a dehydrating effect, which is the main reason why excessive drinking can lead to a hangover. It can also lead to temporary impotence in men.
Alcohol can also affect a variety of health issues including:
- Memory and Brain
- Self Harm and Suicide
- Anxiety and Depression
- Liver Disease
- Heart Disease
Drugs and your health
It is impossible to list all the health issues associated with illicit drug taking due to the number of drugs, the methods taken to induce a drug and the combinations that some people take. However, here are a few items worth reading.