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How does alcohol abuse affect my health?

Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing

Alcohol abuse creates many health problems, as does addiction to any substance. Alcohol abuse can diminish sexual performance, psychomotor skills and mental acuity both short and long term. Socially, alcohol abuse is crippling. Loss of employment, family, economic stability, supportive networks are common results. Emotionally, alcohol abuse delays dealing with underlying issues that may be causing the addiction, while adding to a diminishing self-image. Many other deficits occur including malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies that impact brain function. Eventually, alcohol abusers can end up being the stereotypical homeless drunk that we see on TV. 

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