The most serious and widespread form of drug abuse in the world is a alcohol abuse. Millions of people drink alcohol regularly and many mistakenly, do not regard themselves as alcoholics. in reality, however, regular drinking can gradually evolve into heavier alcohol consumption and the inability to stop voluntarily. A person who drinks regularly may never become "drunk" or have problems at home or at work but may still be damaging his or her health. the heart, brain, nervous system, stomach, and liver can all be damaged by alcohol. Drinking also substantially increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus. The next few pages discuss the damage that excessive consumption of alcohol can cause. 
Regular alcohol consumption can damage all your internal organs even if it does not appear to cause drunkenness. Several serious diseases occur much more frequently in regular drinkers than in the rest of the population. Some possible effects of alcohol on various parts of the body are summarized in the Box below.

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