How does alcohol affect me?

Whether you drink alcohol occasionally or more regularly, it’s likely that you have experienced some of the short-term health effects like a hangover or a bad night’s sleep. But all too often people are unaware of the potential long-term health damage regular drinking can cause. 
Don't forget, there are many different factors which can affect how alcohol can impact you including gender, weight, age, how much, how quickly and how often you drink.

There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risks but ultimately you should try to reduce how much you drink and keep within the HSE low-risk guidelines

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Short-term Effects

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Memory loss or blackouts
  • Excessive mood changes
  • Sweating or shaking
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Slower reflexes
  • Impaired judgement
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Bad skin
  • Weight gain

Long-term Effects

  • Alcohol dependency
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Cancers
  • Mental health problems
  • Infertility
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Brain damage
  • Sexual health problems