5. Liver Damage
Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, making it the first organ to take a hit as you pound back the drinks. Alcohol damages and even kills liver cells when you consume more than your liver can handle. The more you drink and the more often you sip on a high-alcohol drink, the more likely your are to develop alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and, eventually, cirrhosis (liver scarring).
As alcohol tolerance increases with time, the quantity of alcohol needed to damage your liver may not even be enough to get you drunk, so it’s best to abstain from alcohol as much as possible. Current guidelines in terms of drinks are no more than 7 glasses of wine a week for women and 14 a week for men.