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For Women

How harmful alcohol use can affect your body

Diagram of the Female body organs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brain
Brain damage, stroke, memory loss, blackouts, hallucinations, fits, confusion, dementia, mental health problems, depression, anxiety and mood swings
Nervous System
Tingling, numbness and loss of feeling
Heart
Irregular pulse, high blood pressure, becomes enlarged
Liver
Damaged and swollen, cirrhosis, hepatitis, cancer
Kidneys
Reduced function and increased infections
Colon & Rectum
Cancer
Throat
Chronic coughing and cancer
Reproduction
Infertility and risk of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses from unsafe sex
Lungs
Reduced resistance to infection, coughs, colds, risk of pneumonia and tuberculosis
Breast
Increased risk of cancer
Muscles
Weak, loose muscle tissue
Stomach
Ulcers, inflammation, vomiting and diarrhoea
Pancreas
Pancreatitis
Intestines
Ulcers
Baby
Risk of harm to unborn baby

Some of these problems will improve if the person cuts down or stops drinking, but sometimes not all problems will go away.

That is why it is really important to take it easy and not drink more than the recommended levels.

Alcohol and Pregnancy

Planning a Pregnancy or Pregnant

There is no safe amount of alcohol use in pregnancy. Not drinking alcohol is important.

When you drink alcohol, so does your unborn baby.

Alcohol can weaken a baby’s inner spirit, mind and health.

Alcohol can cause brain damage and birth defects. Every pregnancy is different. The effects of drinking alcohol are different for each woman and her baby.

Each time you have a baby it can be different too.

Have a yarn with your health worker if you are worried or would like to know more about the risks of drinking alcohol in pregnancy.

Breastfeeding

Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding can harm your baby. Alcohol passes from a woman to her breastfeeding baby through breast milk.

Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding can reduce the amount of milk you make.

Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding can cause your baby to sleep less.

If you are worried or would like to know more about alcohol and breastfeeding speak with your health worker.