Hi, my name is John DePalma from New York
City on behalf of Expert Village I’m here today to help you recognize drug and alcohol
addiction. We’ll discuss some physical effects to look out for as far as recognizing a drug
addict or an alcoholic. Any type of weight gain or loss is something to watch out for.
Most of these drugs will have an adverse effect on weight as far as loosing weight. But there
are a few out here that will gain weight on it. So any major fluxuation in body weight
is something to definitely watch out for as a sure sign of addiction. Loss of hair, probably
not early on in addiction but this is something that could happen later on, so if you have
an older person in your household that you think that might be addicted and they have
some of those symptoms, you need to watch out for it. Rotting of the teeth from cocaine
use from heroin, from anything snorted or injected is a definite symptom. Effect from
skin you do get rashes from a lot of use of drugs. Alcohol will give you jaundice which
will change the your skin. You know these are some of the things that you would need
to watch out for as far as effects on the body.