Excessive drinking both in the form of heavy drinking or binge drinking, is associated with numerous health problems, including:

  • chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis (damage to liver cells);
  • pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas);
  • various cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (the voice box), and esophagus;
  • high blood pressure;
  • psychological disorders;
  • unintentional injuries, such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries;
  • violence, such as child maltreatment, homicide, and suicide;
  • harm to a developing fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant;
  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); and/or
  • alcohol abuse or dependence.

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