Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Most people like a drink. 50% of adults in the UK have at least one alcoholic drink a week, that’s around 33 million people. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but excessive consumption can lead to a variety of health implications, both in the short and long term. Matt is here to help discuss what effects alcohol can have on the body.


The human liver can deal with one unit of alcohol per hour, which is about half a pint of beer. When the intake exceeds this, blood alcohol levels increase and result in intoxication. The effects of alcohol in the short-term get stronger as more is consumed. Mild intoxication is not serious but drinking to excess, results in alcohol poisoning causing vomiting, seizures and unconsciousness.

Lack of proper judgement and dulled perception caused by drinking too much can lead to more serious problems. We have found out that, more than 1 in 10 visits to accident and emergency (A&E) departments are drink related and each year in England more than 1.2 million violent incidents are linked to alcohol misuse. By cutting out or reducing our intake there is a reduced burden on the NHS and other public services. This is especially important at a time when our public services are being stretched to the limit.

Longer Term Effects:

In the longer-term more serious health implications arise. As already mentioned, the liver is the site of alcohol metabolism and so is the most affected organ. Excessive alcohol drinking can lead to liver scarring and eventually to liver failure. The risk of depression, dementia, strokes and heart attacks are all increased by alcohol misuse.

For many this time is full of anxiety and stress and it can be very tempting to turn to alcohol to help… 

Actually, this can cause more harm than good. By relying on alcohol to try and deal with the pressures we are facing, not only are we avoiding dealing with the problem at hand.. but we are negatively impacting both our physical and mental health which can lead to making the whole situation worse.

Alcohol is a depressant and so by having a high intake feelings of anxiety and negative thoughts become worse. By using drink to try and be relaxed we run the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol as we feel that we can’t relax properly without it and this in the long term will result in a myriad of health issues such as increased risk of developing many forms of cancer. By drinking sensibly we will all find it much easier to get through this together.

The government recommend that both men and women should limit their intake to a maximum of 14 units per week. If this is something that you would like support with then we are here to help!

We aren’t an alcohol dependency provider however, we can help people reduce their consumption.

Fill out an online referral today under the ‘Get Started’ button.