Binge Drinking Effects

Written by Peter Brooke

Learn more about the binge drinking effects and be prepared for any situation

A binge is when an individual practices a pattern of behavior where they drink copious amounts of alcohol, 0.08 blood alcohol level or above, in two hours on the same occasion at least once in the past month. Becoming familiar with the binge drinking effects could help save your life or the life of someone you know. Alcohol is a deadly and addictive substance that hold many in its grips. Call Better Addiction Care today at (800) 429-7690 to receive help looking for treatment facilities that can help you to recover.

Short-Term Effects of Alcohol

The extent to which alcohol affects a person varies by the individual. For the most part, short-term effects include:

  • Blackouts
  • Coma
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Arrested breathing
  • Upset stomach
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired vision
  • Headaches
  • Impaired judgement
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Decreased coordination
  • Unconsciousness

Long Term Effects of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking effects could have far reaching consequences. Long term effects of binge drinking can cause serious health issues, including:

  • Deficiency of the vitamin B1, which can lead to a disorder causing disorientation and amnesia.
  • Throat and mouth cancer.
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammation of the stomach walls (gastritis)
  • Injuries such as accidental falls, burns, or drowning.
  • Disease of the liver.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Brain damage.
  • Heart diseases and issues such as stroke and/or high blood pressure
  • Issues with personal relationships and job.

It is vital to be familiar with the binge drinking symptoms if you are worried that someone you love is a binge drinker. We know that alcohol is a disease that affects the brain and the way it works. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the effects on the human brain by alcohol can range from momentary memory lapses to incapacitating and everlasting conditions that may require lifetime care.

We know that drinking affects the liver negatively. However, many are not aware that cirrhosis and other long-term liver dysfunction can harm the brain and lead to a fatal brain disorder called hepatic encephalopathy. It is better to recognize the binge drinking symptoms early before it is too late.

Reasons for binge drinking include:

  • Alcohol can boost self-confidence. Many young adults want to be viewed as independent individuals and may turn to alcohol to resist the rules.
  • Social events almost always include alcoholic beverages. A social lubricant, alcohol is a way to lower inhibitions and help people loosen up. This, however, is a dangerous road that can lead to alcohol abuse or dependence if done repeatedly.
  • To forget. People like to drink to numb their pain and to forget what issues may be plaguing them at the moment. After the first drink, the person indeed feels better, and, they continue drinking
  • Testing the limits of tolerance. Beer pong, funneling, keg stands… most people who have gone to a college party know what these drinking games are. People who participate in such games are constantly trying to outdo each other in the drinking arena, which can be dangerous.

Binge drinking effects can last a lifetime. Sometimes, these effects are irreversible. If you are a binge-drinker or know someone who is struggling with alcoholism, please seek help.

Other effects of alcohol on the body include:

  • Alcoholic hepatitis: this disease includes fat deposits in liver cells, mild scarring of the liver, and inflammation of the liver. The mild form of alcoholic hepatitis may be reversed but only if the individual commits to abstain from alcohol. Severe forms of this type of hepatitis can lead to liver failure and death.
  • Alcoholic fatty liver disease: this disease results from deposits of fat in liver cells. This is an early stage of liver disease. People may experience weakness, discomfort in the right upper abdomen, and fatigue. This disease may also be reversed if the alcoholic completely abstains from drinking alcohol.
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis: this is disease is the most advanced form of alcohol-induced liver damage. Damage is irreversible.

Do not struggle in silence any longer, reach out and ask for the help you deserve.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/alcohol/short-term-long-term-effects.html

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa63/aa63.htm