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Smoking, alcohol, and substances abuse effects on human health

I know we are all familiar with smoking and drinking alcohol. These behaviors are the typically coping mechanisms people may turn towards if they are going through a rough time in life. So, what happens when smoking, alcohol, or one's substance use starts to get out of hand?


How can smoke affect human health?

Smoking causes many damages in our bodies that could put one at risk of developing harmful diseases. Diseases such as: lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, and eye diseases. Furthermore, smoking can influence your risk of developing cancer, stroke, heart disease etc. According to the CDC, “smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body". In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we should try to avoid using harmful substances whenever possible.


What does alcohol do?

Alcohol is a depressant substance that impairs your motor and attention control. Memory is impacted during alcohol usage as well and it is important to drink responsibility by adhering to the recommended drinks correlated to one's body weight: BAC Calculator.


There are 4 common alcoholic drinks

  • Beer

  • Wine

  • Whisky

  • Vodka

Wine can be less harmful but there could be side effects to it such as flushing, confusion, or rapid changes in mood. Healthline.com says drinking TOO much alcohol can cause abnormal activation of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas.


References:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brunet.ca%2Fen%2Fhea lth%2Fhealth-tips%2Fthe-harmful-effects-of-smoking-on-health-and-wellbeing%2F&psig=AOvVaw1LTbE59qf6dMEsTt9ok05B&ust=1618883922802000&sour ce=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLiqgp-iifACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK


https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.communitycare.com%2 FNews%2FArticles%2FEffects-of-Drinking-Alcohol-on-YourHealth&psig=AOvVaw38BqAckHDC17ql5fv0l11&ust=1618886410818000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQ jRxqFwoTCJiE0MyrifACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD


https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/health_effects/index.htm#:~:text=Smoking%20causes%20ca ncer%2C%20heart%20disease,immune%20system%2C%20including%20rheumatoid%20arthritis


https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/health_effects/index.htm#:~:text=Smoking%20causes%20cancer%2C%20heart%20disease,immune%20system%2C%20including%20rheumato id%20arthritis


https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/helping-someone-with-a-drinkingproblem.htm


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