Frequently drinking too much alcohol is harmful to health. Alcohol can have an impact on everybody system. How much alcohol a person drinks, genetic factors, gender, body mass, and general state of health all influence how a person’s health responds to chronic heavy drinking. However, studies consistently show that, overall, heavy alcohol consumption is detrimental to health and a leading preventable cause of death. When the body takes in more alcohol than it can metabolize, the excess builds up in the bloodstream. The heart circulates blood alcohol throughout the body, leading to changes in chemistry and normal body functions.