Alcohol abuse is when someone regularly drinks too much alcohol. This can cause
serious health problems.
Alcohol is poisonous and it damages nerve cells in the brain and can kill liver cells. It
also affects the stomach and can cause a person to be sick. Over a period of time alcohol
can cause stomach ulcers.
An alcoholic is someone who is addicted to alcohol. Many alcoholics die of a disease
called cirrhosis (pronounced ‘sir-O-sis’) of the liver.
Pregnant women who drink too much alcohol risk causing damage to the brain and liver
of their baby, as well as slowing down how quickly it grows. This is why babies of
alcoholic women have a low birth mass.
1. What is alcohol abuse?
2. Name three organs that can be damaged by alcohol
3. What is an alcoholic?
4. What disease do many alcoholics die of?
5. Why do alcoholic women often give birth to babies that are smaller than normal?
6. Which organs of a developing baby may be damaged if the mother drinks too
much alcohol when she is pregnant?