Drinking alcohol could cause your blood pressure to rise, increase your heart rate, cause your heart to beat abnormally, and it could increase the size of your heart. All of these things are bad for you. If you have an irregular heartbeat, you won’t be able to play sports or exercise as well as you normally could.
Drinking alcohol over a long period of time could cause stomach ulcers or stomach cancer.
Drinking alcohol could cause diseases such as cirrhosis (pronounced “sir-o-sis”), inflamed liver (hepatitis), or even cancer of the liver. The liver is the largest organ in our body. Its job is to keep poisons like germs and bacteria out of our blood. The liver also makes the protein that causes our blood to clot, and clotting is what causes scabs to form and makes us stop bleeding when we get a cut. We need our liver so we can stay healthy and so our bodies stay clean. Cirrhosis is a disease that damages the liver. It weakens the liver’s ability to clot and keep our blood free from poisons and bacteria. People can get cirrhosis in different ways, but drinking too much alcohol is the most common way.
Drinking alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts. This means alcohol won’t let you do the things you normally do that require coordination and skill. You can’t ride a bike, inline skate, play sports, or even walk in a straight line.