Alcohol Use and Older Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
6. What parts of the body does drinking affect most?
Alcohol has a wide impact on the body. Alcohol can damage organs, weaken the immune system, and increase the risk for some cancers. Alcohol can be especially harmful to the liver, the organ that is primarily responsible for metabolizing (breaking down) alcohol. Alcohol not broken down or cleared from the bloodstream by the liver goes to the rest of the body. Alcohol can affect parts of the brain that control movement, speech, judgment, and memory.