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Chronic impairments due to prolonged alcohol consumption over time

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Chronic impairments due to prolonged alcohol consumption over time

Daily consumption of no more than about 30 ml of pure alcohol for men, and about 20ml pure alcohol for women, will cause no health problems. Above these quantities there is an increasing health risk. Almost all organs of the body can be affected. Alcohol can have an impact on the following organs: liver, digestive system, heart and circulatory system, the bones, and the brain and nervous system. The diseases stemming from chronic alcohol abuse include: liver cirrhosis, Korsakoff's psychosis, cancer, strokes, pancreatitis, gastritis, high blood pressure, fertility problems, and impotence. Heavy drinking is also closely linked with social problems (at home and at work) and even mental illnesses (violence, suicide).