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Excessive Drinking Is Less Than You Think: 23 Ways a Drinking Habit Can Harm You

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21. Tuberculosis

Excessive drinking may cause damage to the lungs, and people who drink heavily over a long period of time are more likely to develop tuberculosis, a disease caused by a bacteria attacking the lungs. According to a 2009 study, about 10% of all tuberculosis cases worldwide are linked to alcohol consumption.

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22. Ulcers

Ulcers are relatively common among people who repeatedly drink heavily. An ulcer is a break in the membrane of an organ that hinders its proper functioning. Ulcers can be fatal if they are not caught early on because they can start bleeding internally.

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23. Weight gain

Alcohol is a source of excess calories, but this is not the only way drinking can cause weight gain. Alcohol interferes with the body’s fat-burning functions.

Drinking supplies the body with calories but no nutrients. The calories from alcohol are the first to be burned by the body, delaying the fat-burning process, which comes after the body has burnt carbs and proteins for energy. This contributes to extra fat storage.