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How does binge drinking affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Binge drinking involves excessive alcohol consumption, making the effects on the body more pronounced than with moderate alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a depressant. It slows heart rate, respiration, and reaction time. Psychologically, it may decrease inhibitions. Binge drinking has such a serious effect on the body that it can inhibit such basic bodily functions as the gag reflex.

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