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Heavy Drinking Is Bad for your Health

(Women's Health) [Those] who regularly drink heavily--defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as swallowing an average of more than one drink per day--should watch out for the following:
Alcohol can disrupt communication between the brain's neurotransmitters, which help control everything from thinking to breathing to movement. As such, long-term overdrinking can trigger depression, anxiety, and memory misfires. It can also shrink brain cells.
Over time, excess booze weakens heart muscles, preventing them from pumping out sufficient blood. What's more, women who binge drink (that's four or more drinks in two hours) have a roughly 39 percent higher risk for stroke. It's no surprise that the liver takes a hit. The organ breaks down alcohol, a process that produces toxins that promote inflammation and weaken the body's natural defenses…
That ruddy look you get after a few sips? Alcohol dilates peripheral blood vessels, causing a rush of blood to the skin, especially in the face. Excessive drinking can also deplete the body of skin-improving vitamin A. Long-term imbibing can curb your white blood cells' ability to fight off harmful bacteria. That means a weaker immune system and a faulty defense against things like STDs or even the common cold.
Possibly related: Heavy drinking also increases your risk for many cancers, including breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
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