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Health Risks

Health Risks Associated with Alcohol Abuse

  • Increased risk of liver cancer
  • Increased risk of cirrhosis of the liver
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Adverse reactions when combined with many medications, including over-the-counter drugs
  • Overdose resulting in respiratory failure
  • Impaired concentration
  • Impaired coordination
  • Risk of permanent nerve damage from long-term abuse

Health Risks Associated with Marijuana Use

  • Lowered sperm counts in men
  • Decreased testosterone levels in men
  • Increased testosterone levels in women
  • Enhanced cancer risk
  • Impaired short-term memory
  • Psychological dependence

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Cocaine and Crack

  • Addiction
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory failure
  • Brain seizures
  • Hepatitis or AIDS through sharing needles
  • Decreased ability to combat infections
  • Violent, erratic or paranoid behavior
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Cocaine psychosis

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Hallucinogens

  • Sleeplessness and tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Heart and lung failure
  • Depression, anxiety and paranoia
  • Violent behavior
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