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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