Health Tip: The Dangers of Binge Drinking

ByDiana Kohnle

Mar. 23 -- (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.