BINGE DRINKING THIS FESTIVE SEASON


Consumption of alcoholic beverages by young people increases alarmingly over the holiday season every year. While some people find alcohol to be a refreshing and relaxing beverage, excessive use thereof may have far more serious implications.


What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking refers to the act of drinking a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time. Binge drinking is often described as consuming five or more drinks in a short period of time for males and four or more drinks for women.


What are the effects of binge drinking?

Binge drinking may have a number of harmful effects on one's health, both immediate and long-term, which includes:

  • Alcohol poisoning

  • Sexual activity that is unsafe or unprotected

  • Immune system being weakened

  • Childbirth complications, birth abnormalities, or foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

  • Injuries from car accidents, falls, and burns

  • Pancreatitis

  • Cardiovascular problems such as hypertension, stroke, and/or cardiomyopathy

  • Sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy

  • Risk of colon, breast, mouth, throat, oesophageal, and liver cancers are increased

  • Liver disease including alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis

  • Domestic violence, homicide, suicide, and sexual assault


Remember, our drinking choices have more consequences than ever before!

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