Does alcohol have any long term effects on the body?
There are the kind of alcohol-related harms that happen in the short term – like injuries from falls or fights, car crashes, and relationship problems and then there are the kind of physical harms that take a longer time, even many years, to show – these include the effects of alcohol on the developing brain, damage to the liver and cancers caused by alcohol.
Improvements in science mean that we are learning more about what alcohol can do to the growing brain. We now know that alcohol may prevent young drinkers from reaching their full potential – check out the above video to find out more.
Alcohol affects the body in ways you can’t see right away, but it’s important to be aware of what can happen so you can make decisions now that will reduce the risk of problems later.
If you get into trouble with police, then there may be legal consequences that last a long time. They could impact on getting the job you want or travelling to some countries.
Sometimes people do things while drinking that they later regret. Photos and videos could end up on social media without you being able to control them.
Your risk of harm now and into the future can be reduced by following the guidelines on low risk drinking.