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:
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
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!