Long-term heavy drinking - ten units or more a day - can cause cirrhosis of the heart, which leads to swollen ankles and shortness of breath.However, one unit of alcohol a day reduces the risk of a heart attack for post-menopausal women, or men who have had previous attacks.This is particularly true in repeated heavy drinking. In the long term, it can cause irreparable scar damage - or cirrhosis.This causes bloating, vomiting and weight loss because the liver becomes less able to process alcohol and other toxins in the blood. Heart Heavy drinking can cause palpitations and is the second biggest cause of hypertension or high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.Her father Douglas said: 'It goes without saying she was a wonderful daughter.'Susan Treleavan, owner of the Leather Bottle pub in Cobham, Kent, where Molly worked, said: 'A beautiful life has been taken away.She added: 'All of my staff were so close to her and have been deeply affected.'Pub manager Sara Saunders, who has lived in the village for 17 years, said she offered Molly an interview for a job behind the bar when she bumped into her at the Cobham Community Stores where her mother Jo worked as a volunteer. She was beautiful, lovely natured, kind-hearted, just perfect.'I have a daughter of her age.Muscles Drinking can cause weakness and trembling because it depletes the body of the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain muscle health.Other effects include muscle degeneration, making the thighs and upper arms feel weak and painful.
Regular binge drinking increases the risk of the brain disorder Wernicke's encephalopathy, which causes mental confusion, double vision and poor balance, and Korsakoff's psychosis, which causes chronic memory loss. Eyes Alcohol causes the tiny blood vessels on the surface of the eye, called the sclera, to become dilated and inflamed, resulting in bloodshot eyes.Heavy drinking depletes the body of the nutrients needed for eye health and consequently can lead to a condition known as alcoholic optic neuritis.This can impair eyesight and, in time, lead to blindness.The father of a woman whose throat was slit in a shopping centre car park has paid tribute to his 'wonderful' daughter, days on from her tragic death.Horrified witnesses looked on as University of Kent student Molly Mc Laren was savagely attacked at the Dockside outlet centre in Chatham, Kent on Thursday.