10 Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Every Drinker Needs to Know

So you had a little too much to drink—again. As long as you’re not driving, is it really that big of a deal? The answer is a big, fat yes.

While drinking moderate amounts of alcohol (defined as up to one drink per day for women or up to two for men) has been shown to have some positive health effects, especially on heart health, regularly having more than that won’t yield additional benefits, explains Robert Duhaney, MD, an internist with Texas Health Plano. In fact, regularly downing a bottle of wine with dinner or indulging in multiple rounds at happy hour can seriously harm your body—now and later down the road, too. Want to better understand the risks? Here’s a look at 10 health conditions that heavy drinkers are more likely to get. Read more here.