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What are the effects of drinking too much alcohol?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When you drink too much alcohol, you harm your liver. Chronic damage can cause cirrhosis, a condition that leaves the liver scarred and unable to function properly. Accordingly, your liver cannot effectively filter toxins out of your body.

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Excess consumption of alcohol can affect you in many ways.
  • Alcohol is a diuretic, which causes dehydration. The dry mouth, fatigue, and weakness that you feel after drinking too much are all a result of dehydration.
  • Drinking too much alcohol can cause the blood vessels in the brain to dilate (expand), causing headaches.
  • Although you may feel good while you drink, alcohol is a depressant. This causes the fatigue and weakness that you feel with a hangover.

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