Harmful Effects of Binge Boozing
The word ‘binge’ is now being associated more with ‘binge watching’ TV shows. However, the other popular association of this word is with drinking; to be more precise, binge drinking of alcohol. With people starting to drink earlier, due to peer pressure and at social gatherings, alcoholism is on the rise. Unlike narcotics, people have easier access to alcohol and use it as a stimulant or anti-depressant. Both narcotics and alcohol are addictive.
What is binge drinking? Drinking five or more drinks in a span of two hours can be called binge drinking.
Many people do not accept that they’re binge-drinkers. Even though most binge drinkers are not alcoholics, there are chances that they can get caught and make it a habit. Frequent binge drinking is harmful not only because one consumes large amount of alcohol but also because it’s done in a very short span of time, which can have immediate side-effects. Some of these are:
- Distorted vision and hearing
- Slurred speech
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulty in breathing
- Poor perception and coordination
- Temporary memory loss
- Liver disease
- Cancer of the mouth and throat
- Permanent brain damage
- Alcohol poisoning
- High blood pressure
- Nerve damage
- Sexual problems
While not only harming and endangering themselves, binge-drinkers can be a danger to others as well. Despite many awareness campaigns and police checks, many alcoholics drive after getting drunk. Consuming alcohol significantly delays reaction time, so a drunk driver would react too late to avoid an accident.
Binge drinking is a drain on one’s financial resources and severely impacts one’s lifestyle. Binge-drinkers also ruin their social fabric, by being aggressive and unreasonable with their family and friends. While running the risk of contracting several diseases, they are also vulnerable to run-ins with the law.
Consumption of alcohol is a personal lifestyle choice and the harmful effects of alcohol are known to all. Excess use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people annually, all over the world. In India, approximately one person dies every 96 minutes, due to excess alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is known to cause over 60 different diseases and is, thus, a serious man-made problem. (Source). At best, it is advisable to avoid alcohol altogether. At the very least, binge-drinking should definitely be avoided, as it showcases the worst effects of drinking alcohol.