Health risks of alcohol

Health risks of alcohol

Drinking alcohol in moderate amounts can be an enjoyable part of socializing and celebrating for those who choose to drink. But if someone drinks too much alcohol, on a single occasion or over time, they can put their health at risk.

Drinking too much alcohol can result in short-term side effects like a hangover or feeling sick. But the more a person drinks, the greater the risk for personal injuries, accidents, violence and family conflict. Over time, even moderate drinking can increase your chances of developing many long-term health problems, like high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, strokes and liver disease.

Many Nunavummiut use alcohol safely and responsibly. But there are many who drink heavily or binge drink on a regular basis, increasing the risk of harming themselves and others. 

This section provides information on the health risks related to drinking alcohol. It also explains why it is important for your health and well-being to make responsible and healthy choices about alcohol use.