2. How is Binge Drinking Characterized?
Common definitions of binge drinking include:
- A person who only drinks to get drunk
- Regular bouts of heavy drinking or intermittent episodes of excessive drinking
- A person who consumes five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting
3. Age-Associated Binge Drinking
Those who start drinking alcohol heavily at an early age are more likely to develop alcohol-related problems (i.e., alcoholism, cirrhosis) late in life.
4. Binge-Drinking and Mental Health
Binge-drinking as a teen can damage the part of the brain that controls learning and memory, judgment, decision-making, and impulse control.
5. Binge Drinking and Physical Health
Excessive drinking will permanently damage your organs—particularly the brain and liver—in a very short period of time, leading to alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis of the liver, which can eventually kill you.
6. Binge Drinkers are Prone to Injury
Heavy drinking increases your risk of injury as well as taking part in risky behavior. For instance, acute intoxication impairs your judgment, making you more prone to violence, unsafe sex, motor vehicle accidents, and foolish risks.
7. The Short-Term Affects of Binge Drinking
The common short-term effects of binge-drinking include a hangover and associated headaches, nausea, shakiness, and vomiting. However, the memory loss and pore judgment it causes can lead to the loss of valuable items, over-zealous spending, car accidents, DUIs, embarrassing loved ones, unprotected sex, date rape, and the feelings linked with it.