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The unpleasant side of excessive consumption

Short-term increased risks due to drunkenness:

    Unsafe return home
    Risky sexual intercourse without protection that could end up in sexually transmitted diseases or an unplanned pregnancy

    Quarrels that might lead to problems with the police and the creation of a criminal record
   Injuries and accidents
   Vomiting, fainting or even alcohol poisoning

When you get
drunk, your blood pressure increases and so does the risk for a heart attack or stroke.

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Long-term consumption of large amounts:

There are no choices in this case. The consumption of large amounts of alcohol, especially on a regular basis, may lead to serious health and social problems, such as:

    Alcohol dependence or alcoholism
    Sexual difficulties including impotence (alcohol tends to increase the desire but reduces the performance)
    Cirrhosis of the liver and  fatty liver
    Pancreatitis
    Stomach disorders, such as ulcers
    Mood changes
    In extreme cases, alcoholic poisoning, coma, brain damage 
    An increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially of the aero digestive tract and breast cancer
    An increased risk of financial difficulties due to the loss of a job or a house
    Risks for the family, since children of addicted people have increased possibilities to experience the same alcohol problems and break the family bonds.

It is important to remember that «the majority of people who drink alcohol, most of the times do so responsibly».

Moreover, more than half the adults worldwide choose not to consume alcohol for religious, cultural or health reasons.