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Health Effects of Excessive Alcohol Use

Visit these pages to learn the health effects of excessive alcohol use. Excessive alcohol use is heavy drinking, binge drinking, or any drinking by pregnant women or anyone younger than 21.​  

For questions, please contact us at alcohol@cdph.ca.​gov.​​​ 

Immediate and Long-Term Health Effects​

Provides an overview of the immediate and long-term health effects of excessive alcohol use.
Differences Among Women and Men Provides an overview of how alcohol use impacts women and men differently.​
Alcohol Use During Pregnancy or Nursing Describes the health risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant or nursing.
​​Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)​
​Provides an overview of FASDs prevention, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and resources for help.
Underage Drinking​​
Provides a brief overview of the risks of alcohol use to those under age 21.
Alcohol Poisoning Describes the causes, signs, and symptoms of alcohol poisoning.
Mixing Alcohol with Other Drugs Describes the risks of mixing alcohol with other substances or medications.
Hangovers Provides an overview of the causes and symptoms of hangovers and tips to prevent hangover symptoms.
Alcohol Use Disorder​
Provides an overview of alcohol use disorder, factors that increase the risk, and symptoms. ​​
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