Health Tip: The Dangers of Binge Drinking

(HealthDay News) -- Binge drinking -- commonly defined as having four to five drinks in a row within a short period -- can lead to short-term problems in concentrating, memory lapses, and mood changes.

But the Nemours Foundation says binge drinking also can cause more serious, longer-lasting problems, including:

  • Alcohol poisoning, which can hinder involuntary functions like breathing and a person's gag reflex.
  • Impaired judgment, which can lead to risk taking like having unprotected sex.
  • Health issues, including an increased risk of obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Mental health concerns, including moodiness and personality changes.
  • Increased risk of becoming an alcoholic.

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: A home damaged by a landslide Friday, April 18, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. is shown in this aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental.
Tributary Environmental/AP Photo
Danny Martindale/Getty Images
PHOTO: Woman who received lab-grown vagina says she now has normal life.
Metropolitan Autonomous University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine