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Signs alcohol is affecting physical health

Physical symptoms caused by problem drinking include:

  • being overweight
  • repeated infections
  • high cholesterol
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • poor sleep
  • vision problems
  • sexual problems like erectile dysfunction
  • reflux or heartburn
  • tummy pain
  • skin rashes or dry skin
  • weak muscles
  • swollen legs or feet
  • shortness of breath
  • poor appetite
  • swollen tummy
  • itching

These symptoms can be a sign of other health conditions. Talk to your GP or try to stop drinking alcohol for a short time and see if things improve.

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page last reviewed: 08/11/2019
next review due: 08/11/2022