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Alcohol use can have many short-term and long-term mental, physical, and emotional consequences. It is important to be mindful of these consequences and the impact it can have on your life.

Short-term consequences:

  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Issues with balance
  • Hearing loss
  • Slowed reactions
  • Increased anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lowered inhibitions


Long-term consequences:

  • Gastritis
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Stroke
  • Anemia
  • Dementia
  • Seizures
  • Long-term memory issues
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels (BAC):

Another concern is the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream (BAC). The higher the BAC, the more intense or severe symptoms can be and the more likely individuals will experience long-term consequences. Below is a breakdown of BAC levels and symptoms that one may experience:

  • .07-.09 Individuals experience pleasure, euphoria, and minor impairment in judgment, memory, and balance.
  • .125 Euphoric effects are still felt, physical coordination and judgment is impaired, may have slurred speech and hearing, visions, and balance are impaired.
  • .13-.15 Less euphoria, increased anxiety and restlessness, dramatic loss of motor skills and coordination, and personal judgment and perception may be significantly impaired
  • .25 results in mental, sensory, and physical impairment severe enough that person is at risk of falling, choking, or getting into a serious accident.
  • .3 loss of consciousness that can range from stupor to coma or near death.



Do you wonder whether your drinking has become a problem? The self-assessment below can be used as a guide to understanding your own alcohol use and the potential health issues involved with it.

Do keep in mind; the information does not replace or substitute as a full evaluation by a health professional or provide a diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder.

In the last year:

1.Have you had a desire to drink that was intrusive and it was difficult to think about anything else?

2.Have you continued alcohol use despite the consequences (increased anxiety, physical sickness, health issues, or had blackouts)?

3.Have you found that while drinking, you have had exposure to dangerous activities (driving, operating heavy machinery, being in dangerous situations, or unprotected sex?)

4.Have you drank more alcohol than in previous times in order to achieve the same desired intoxication feeling?


If your answers to any of the above questions were yes or you and or others are concerned about drinking and would like a professional evaluation, please contact us to schedule a private consultation.

If you’re a loved one of someone struggling with an addiction learn about ways to help here.

Excessive alcohol use can be distressing, impairing, and have consequences over many life domains. If you feel you may need support while coping with excessive alcohol use, reach out. You are not alone.


Author: Stephanie Pruefer, LPC, CADC – Footprints to Recovery – Primary Counselor

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