August 20, 2014

CDC: Effects of Chronic Alcohol Use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the effects that alcohol use can have over time:
  • Neurological problems, including dementia, stroke and neuropathy
  • Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety and suicide
  • Social problems, including unemployment, lost productivity, and family issues
  • Multiple emergency room and physician office visits
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and breast.  The risk of cancer increases with increasing amounts of alcohol
  • Liver disease, including alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis (among the 15 leading causes of all deaths in the United States).
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as pancreatitis and gastritis.
The Centers offers information for seeking treatment.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 |
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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