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Long-term health effects of drinking alcohol

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

When a young person drinks alcohol often, this has an impact on the young person's health and well-being. Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition of the young person, drinking alcohol could have long-term effects on their health that may include:


Alcohol is an anxiety inducing drug which may lead to depression and this will affect the young person's ability to cope with life’s problems.


Drinking a lot of alcohol may cause diabetes as alcohol affects the levels of sugar in the blood, especially if drinking alcohol with high levels of sugar, e.g. alcopops.

Liver problems, such as cirrhosis

The liver cannot cope with excessive amounts of alcohol as it becomes over-worked and eventually tires and finds it difficult to function properly.

Heart problems

Drinking alcohol can lead to heart problems as too much pressure is put on the heart to function properly. This could lead on to high blood pressure and developing diseases of the heart.


Drinking alcohol may lead to a poor diet as the body craves fatty foods such as chips and crisps when alcohol has been taken. This may lead to obesity/weight problems in the future.

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