URIDU Health Family Work

How can using drugs and alcohol permanently damage my health?

People who use alcohol and drugs a lot get sick more often and more severely than others. They are more likely to have:
In addition, injuries or death from accidents happen more often to these people (and often to their families). This is because they make bad decisions or take unnecessary risks, or because they can lose control of their bodies while using alcohol or drugs. If they have unprotected sex, share needles used toinject drugs, or trade sex for drugs, they are at risk for hepatitis, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

People who chew tobacco are at risk for most of the same health problems as those who smoke tobacco.

Chewing tobacco and betel nut often ruin a person’s teeth and gums, and cause sores in the mouth, cancer of the mouth and throat, and other harm throughout the body. Khat can cause stomach problems and constipation. Many chewed drugs can cause dependence.

Many poor people, and particularly children who live on the streets, sniff glue and solvents to forget their hunger. This is very addictive and causes serious health problems, such as problems with seeing, trouble thinking and remembering, violent behavior, loss of judgement and body control, severe weight loss, and even heart failure and sudden death.

Any use of drugs and alcohol is dangerous if a person: