The health risks of AUD
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to problems in your relationships, job, and other aspects of your life, especially your health.
Excessive drinking (defined as more than one drink per day for women and more than one or two drinks per day for men) is associated with an increased risk for many health issues, such as liver disease (hepatitis and cirrhosis), irregular heart rhythms and heart failure, stomach ulcers, brain damage, stroke, cancer (especially of the breast, colon, liver, esophagus, or throat), sleep difficulty, osteoporosis, malnutrition, depression, high blood pressure, dementia, difficulty concentrating, depression, weight gain, and anxiety. In pregnant women who drink alcohol, there is also a danger that the baby will develop physical and psychological problems.
The National Institutes of Health estimates 88,000 men and women die from alcohol-related causes each year.