Bad habits can pose serious health hazards, and breaking them may seem impossible. Breaking one habit at a time will help break old patterns of behavior and put yourself on the road toward wellness.

Although Americans developed many healthy habits during the pandemic, such as frequent handwashing, this MSN article reveals that not all American states are equally healthy. Due to some unhealthy practices, many states have reduced standards of living. Listed below are the people most affected by those issues.


Heavy drinkers put themselves at increased risk of serious illness, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation; liver damage; pancreatitis; weakened bones and certain cancers. Long-term alcohol abuse also weakens your immune system thereby increasing the likelihood of serious infections as well as risky behavior such as driving under the influence or having unprotected sexual relations.

Individuals more at risk of alcoholism are those with a family history or those suffering from psychological conditions; schizophrenia sufferers use alcohol as a coping mechanism while depression sufferers often turn to drinking as an attempt to elevate their mood.

Alcohol abuse can also create financial, professional and social complications. Even highly educated and wealthy people who struggle with alcohol addiction often find they cannot afford their habit or the costs associated with drinking; often ending up in debt, missing work/school and losing valued relationships due to their drinking.


Smoking causes numerous medical problems, from bronchitis and emphysema to cancer and heart disease. Smoking also increases the likelihood of eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration as well as developing autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis; reduces immunity making it easier to contract infectious diseases such as tuberculosis; decreases lung function which raises the risk of gangrene which could require amputating affected body parts; increases respiratory infections as well as delays healing post surgery procedures; increases immunity further making infections easier to contract; decrease immunity further and makes contracting infectious diseases easier such as tuberculosis while decreasing immunity while making infectious diseases easier to contract like tuberculosis ; reduce immunity further reduces immunity making contracting infectious diseases easier while diminishing immunity thus making them easier for tuberculosis to infiltrative diseases like tuberculosis easier to contracting infectious diseases like tuberculosis easier while diminishing immunity makes contracting infectious diseases such as tuberculosis more likely; lung function reduction raise risk gangrene which could necess surgical intervention necessary; smoking increases risks thereby prolongs healing time post surgery thereby delaying recovery time after surgery itself!

People who smoke increase their risks for infertility and premature births with low birth weight babies, gastrointestinal disorders, such as stomach ulcers or inflammatory bowel disease causing diarrhea, fever and rectal bleeding; smoking also increases periodontal (gum) disease which leads to tooth loss.

Overall, smoking accounts for 14% of the global burden of disease. In 2010, an estimated 7 million deaths were attributed to tobacco use – including nearly 1.2 million non-smoker exposure deaths due to secondhand smoke exposure – with this figure expected to double by 2020; including both direct and chewing tobacco use as potential contributors.


Drug addiction has an adverse impact on all those around them. Their substance use negatively impacts those they care about as well as family health and workplace productivity.

Cocaine (in either powder or crystal form, commonly referred to as Crack) and nicotine both harm the nervous system. They can lead to mental disorders as well as respiratory failure. Marijuana and amphetamines, while illegal stimulants, may lead to seizures, psychotic episodes, hallucinations as well as seizure-like episodes; even nail polish, hair sprays, glue and leather cleaner can be highly addictive when taken excessively.

Addiction can wreak havoc in relationships, friendships and careers; cost the economy billions; and may even prove fatal. Addiction is a severe condition requiring professional assistance to overcome.


People who regularly overeat may struggle to comprehend what constitutes too much food. While most of us indulge every now and then – be it nachos while watching sports, party snacks at a party buffet, or holiday feast – excess eating should never become a regular habit; otherwise it could damage one’s body.

Overeating is known to disrupt natural hunger signals, lead to weight gain and increase risk for obesity-related health conditions. Furthermore, eating too much may interfere with normal hormone production which in turn causes mood swings and sleep issues. Unfortunately, overeating can often be caused by poor dietary choices that include sugary and highly processed foods.

As another consequence of overeating, when someone consumes more than their stomach can handle, hydrochloric acid produced in their stomach may back up into their esophagus and cause heartburn – something made even worse when eating late at night or right before sleeping. Over time, regular overeating may contribute to diabetes and heart disease; studies have demonstrated that those who eat more fast food are at greater risk of metabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased waist circumference, cholesterol/triglyceride levels as well as high blood pressure/high blood sugar/waist circumference/cholesterol/triglyceride levels.

Isolating Yourself

Many people fear solitude because of its negative associations with loneliness; however, solitude should not be mistaken for loneliness; instead it provides an opportunity to reflect and focus on one’s needs and goals without feeling disconnected or lonely. Loneliness on the other hand has been associated with lower self-esteem, more depression and higher suicide rates.

Loneliness can result from various sources. It could be differences in opinions or lifestyles among family members; perhaps feeling left out at work due to COVID-19 pandemic socialization requirements; or feelings of shame over being unemployed or losing employment opportunities.

Isolation can be particularly detrimental for those experiencing mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. These individuals can benefit from seeking therapy and working on resolving their underlying issues. Even when someone feels alone, they should engage in activities which allow them to connect with other people, including making sure they have health insurance that covers psychological care needs.

Neglecting Relationships

Emotional neglect during childhood can have lasting repercussions in adult relationships. Survivors may struggle to be vulnerable or trust that others will meet their emotional needs, leading them to avoid closeness and reject gestures of affection from potential romantic partners; and may contribute to mental health difficulties like depression, anxiety and rumination.

Surviving of sexual trauma often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to ease their mental and emotional discomfort, with potentially harmful results on their physical health. These habits include substance abuse, sleep deprivation and overeating. Research has demonstrated that children who were neglected emotionally as children are more likely to engage in antisocial behaviors as adults such as drug and alcohol abuse, gang membership or risky sexual behavior.

Bad habits are an unfortunate reality of life, yet they can be difficult to break free of. Luckily, there are numerous resources and methods for getting help in breaking unhealthy ones – for instance a marriage and family therapist may provide tools that can assist in developing healthier coping mechanisms as well as learning the necessary skills for building loving, reliable relationships. Therapists may also teach mindfulness techniques which help you become more present with and aware of your emotions.