Drinking alcohol in moderation can be enjoyable for many people, but drinking excessively can have a harmful effect and can lead to serious health problems.
Drinking & Pregnancy – Advice is that you should not drink at all if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Drinking heavily during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, and may cause serious harm to the baby’s growth and brain development.
General health conditions associated with heavy alcohol drinking
- Sustaining oro-facial injuries, through violence, falls or accidents
- Cancers of the mouth, throat and oesophagus
- High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke
- Liver disease, Pancreatitis, gout, brain damage
- Anxiety, depression and poor concentration
Oral health conditions associated with heavy alcohol drinking
- dental caries – (tooth decay) – from increased exposure to sugars and acids within the drink
- periodontal disease – increased severity of periodontal disease
- dental erosion – heavy drinking can lead to frequent vomiting and the vomit is extremely acidic, also many drinks such as beer are very acidic
Ideally reducing alcohol intake which may require support from the community
Tobacco – people who use both alcohol and tobacco are at an especially high risk of cancer
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