The Deal with Drugs & Alcohol

alcohol abuse As young people we think a lot about the now and not so much about the future. Sure we have ideas about the type of career we want, the family we could raise or the chalet we might buy in the Swiss Alps (fingers crossed), but are we thinking about the effects our behavior is having on our bodies?? I have outlined the long term effects of substance abuse below, as according to The Foundation for A Drug-Free World:

Long term effects of Ecstasy:

  • Degenerated nerve branches and nerve endings
  • Depression, anxiety, memory loss
  • Kidney failure
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Psychosis
  • Death

Long term effects of Marijuana:

  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Inability to understand things clearly

Long term effects of Alcohol:

  • Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning
  • Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity
  • Increased family problems, broken relationships
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Permanent damage to the brain
  • Vitamin B1 deficiency
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis (inflammation of stomach walls)
  • Malnutrition

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