While the risk of harm from alcohol increases with the amount consumed, even a small amount of alcohol can be harmful. In 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement emphasizing that “no level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health.”
The WHO's statement is backed by recent data showing alcohol is a major contributor to health problems that include liver disease, heart disease, and some cancers.
Excessive drinking can also have a serious impact on mental health. Alcohol’s depressive properties can slow brain function and lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
At-risk drinking can also cause problems at work and in relationships. Impaired judgment from drinking can lead to high-risk sexual activity, violent or criminal acts, drunk driving, and self-injury.