Numbness or a painful "pins and needles" feeling in your arms or legs.
Problems with erections in men.
Leaking urine or having a hard time passing urine.
Drinking during pregnancy can harm the growing baby. Severe birth defects or fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) may occur.
How alcohol use can affect your life
Oftentimes, people drink to make themselves feel better or to block feelings of sadness, depression, nervousness, or worry. But alcohol can:
Make these problems worse over time
Cause sleep problems or make them worse
Increase the risk of suicide
Families are often affected when someone in the home uses alcohol. Violence and conflict in the home is much more likely when a family member is abusing alcohol. Children who grow up in a home where alcohol abuse is present are more likely to:
Do poorly in school
Be depressed and have problems with anxiety and low self-esteem
Have marriages that end in divorce
Drinking too much alcohol even once can harm you or others. It can lead to:
Risky sex habits, which may lead to unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and sexual assault or rape
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcohol use disorder: a comparison between DSM-IV and DSM-5. November 2013. http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/dsmfactsheet/dsmfact.pdf. Accessed on May 11, 2014.
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Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.