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What are the specific health risks for women who abuse alcohol?

Serious health risks for women who abuse alcohol include but are not limited to:

  • brain damage
  • cancer
  • pancreatitis
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • liver disease
  • high blood pressure and other forms of heart disease
  • malnutrition (specifically thiamine deficiency)
  • anemia
  • heavy menstrual flow, irregular cycles or premenstrual pain
  • premature menopause
  • osteoporosis
  • diabetes
  • circulation problems
  • respiratory disease
  • alcohol poisoning

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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