Alcohol and Its Effects

A service member’s hand holding a mug of beer

Many Americans enjoy a drink from time to time, whether it's socializing with friends, celebrating an important event, or even as a way to unwind and relax from a hard day. For most people, there's no problem having a glass of wine or a beer at the end of the day, but what happens when that one drink turns into several … every night? Even though most people enjoy a drink without any problems, there are serious health risks that come with binge drinking or drinking too much over time. But how much, is too much?

It's important for anyone who drinks alcohol to do so in a responsible way, by understanding the recommended limits and the potential effects of overdrinking.

Many factors can influence the effects alcohol has on you, including, the amount of food in your stomach, your age, weight and body chemistry.

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