Drinking Alcohol – Short and Long Term Risks
Even though many people drink alcohol at a lower-risk level – others don’t. Binge drinking (4 or more on one occasion for women and 5 or more for men) is the most harmful to your health. 1 Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink to reduce your risk of alcohol related problems.
- Alcohol Warning Signs – Poster (PDF 286KB)
View, download and print the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s Alcohol Warning Signs poster. Know the facts. Reduce your risk.
Alcohol use, especially binge drinking, has immediate effects that increase the risk of harm including:
ViolenceFights, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.
Risky sexual behaviorsUnprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, and increased risk of sexual assault. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
Alcohol poisoningA medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels that can cause passing out, low blood pressure, low body temperature, coma, problems breathing, or even death.
Unintentional injuriesTraffic injuries (drinking and driving), falls, drowning, burns, and unintentional firearm injuries.
Over time, alcohol use can lead to the development of many physical, emotional, mental, and social problems including:
Heart problemsHeart attack, heart disease and high blood pressure.
CancerCancers of the head & neck, liver, colon, and breast. In general, the risk of cancer rises with increasing intake of alcohol. If you drink & smoke cigarettes, the risk of developing certain cancers is even greater.
Mental health problemsAlcohol dependence, depression, anxiety, and suicide.
Social problemsUnemployment, financial crisis, and family/friend problems.
Find out more information on How You Can Reduce Your Alcohol Risks.
Last modified on: November 22, 2022
- Alcohol Warning Signs - Poster (PDF 286KB)