How does binge drinking affect the body?

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.

It is estimated that alcohol consumption is responsible for about 80,000 deaths in the US each year.

Binge drinking has also been associated with many health problems including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Pregnancy
  • STDs
  • Alcohol Poisoning

Aside from these risks, studies of MRI scans of the brains of teens who drank heavily showed damaged nerve tissue compared to those who did not. A young person's brain is still developing well into the twenties and can be harmed by excessive drinking. Studies have shown that alcohol can cause long-term damage to the brain and impair memory, coordination, and movement.

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